Hospital Costs by State

Kaiser Health Facts has published the average per diem cost of a hospital stay.  Costs will vary between hospitals, but it is clear that some states are just more expensive than others.

Obvious question:  Why would anyone use a hospital in New Jersey when quality facilities in New York and Pennsylvania are so close?

The most recent year for which data are available is 2015.  Cost may have risen slightly over the last year in most or all states.

United States

  • State/local government hospitals — $2,013
  • Nonprofit hospitals — $2,413
  • For-profit hospitals — $1,831

Alabama

  • State/local government hospitals — $1,458
  • Nonprofit hospitals — $1,664
  • For-profit hospitals — $1,410

Alaska

  • State/local government hospitals — $1,274
  • Nonprofit hospitals — $2,332
  • For-profit hospitals — $2,724

Arizona

  • State/local government hospitals — $2,012
  • Nonprofit hospitals — $2,636
  • For-profit hospitals — $1,996

Arkansas

  • State/local government hospitals — $1,637
  • Nonprofit hospitals — $1,649
  • For-profit hospitals — $1,521

California

  • State/local government hospitals — $2,985
  • Nonprofit hospitals — $3,752
  • For-profit hospitals — $2,118

Colorado

  • State/local government hospitals — $2,248
  • Nonprofit hospitals — $2,922
  • For-profit hospitals — $2,746

Connecticut

  • State/local government hospitals — $3,426
  • Nonprofit hospitals — $2,581
  • For-profit hospitals — $2,547

Delaware

  • State/local government hospitals — N/A
  • Nonprofit hospitals — $2,828
  • For-profit hospitals — $1,468

District of Columbia

  • State/local government hospitals — N/A
  • Nonprofit hospitals — $2,717
  • For-profit hospitals — $1,976

Florida

  • State/local government hospitals — $2,095
  • Nonprofit hospitals — $2,347
  • For-profit hospitals — $1,667

Georgia

  • State/local government hospitals — $966
  • Nonprofit hospitals — $1,887
  • For-profit hospitals — $1,789

Hawaii

  • State/local government hospitals — $1,661
  • Nonprofit hospitals — $2,618
  • For-profit hospitals — N/A

Idaho

  • State/local government hospitals — $1,677
  • Nonprofit hospitals — $3,241
  • For-profit hospitals — $2,194

Illinois

  • State/local government hospitals — $2,956
  • Nonprofit hospitals — $2,422
  • For-profit hospitals — $1,546

Indiana

  • State/local government hospitals — $1,709
  • Nonprofit hospitals — $2,477
  • For-profit hospitals — $2,202

Iowa

  • State/local government hospitals — $1,454
  • Nonprofit hospitals — $1,481
  • For-profit hospitals — $1,547

Kansas

  • State/local government hospitals — $1,184
  • Nonprofit hospitals — $1,789
  • For-profit hospitals — $1,920

Kentucky

  • State/local government hospitals — $1,748
  • Nonprofit hospitals — $1,686
  • For-profit hospitals — $1,384

Louisiana

  • State/local government hospitals — $1,659
  • Nonprofit hospitals — $1,839
  • For-profit hospitals — $1,790

Maine

  • State/local government hospitals — $1,260
  • Nonprofit hospitals — $2,396
  • For-profit hospitals — $870

Maryland

  • State/local government hospitals — N/A
  • Nonprofit hospitals — $2,521
  • For-profit hospitals — $1,108

Massachusetts

  • State/local government hospitals — $1,916
  • Nonprofit hospitals — $2,965
  • For-profit hospitals — $1,773

Michigan

  • State/local government hospitals — $1,389
  • Nonprofit hospitals — $2,204
  • For-profit hospitals — $2,196

Minnesota

  • State/local government hospitals — $1,340
  • Nonprofit hospitals — $2,277
  • For-profit hospitals — N/A

Mississippi

  • State/local government hospitals — $1,214
  • Nonprofit hospitals — $1,391
  • For-profit hospitals — $1,667

Missouri

  • State/local government hospitals — $1,599
  • Nonprofit hospitals — $2,353
  • For-profit hospitals — $1,896

Montana

  • State/local government hospitals — $522
  • Nonprofit hospitals — $1,280
  • For-profit hospitals — $2,555

Nebraska

  • State/local government hospitals — $862
  • Nonprofit hospitals — $1,980
  • For-profit hospitals — $1,838

Nevada

  • State/local government hospitals — $2,073
  • Nonprofit hospitals — $2,163
  • For-profit hospitals — $1,701

New Hampshire

  • State/local government hospitals — N/A
  • Nonprofit hospitals — $2,361
  • For-profit hospitals — $1,942

New Jersey

  • State/local government hospitals — $4,569
  • Nonprofit hospitals — $2,635
  • For-profit hospitals — $1,499

New Mexico

  • State/local government hospitals — $3,011
  • Nonprofit hospitals — $2,373
  • For-profit hospitals — $2,170

New York

  • State/local government hospitals — $2,572
  • Nonprofit hospitals — $2,456
  • For-profit hospitals — N/A

North Carolina

  • State/local government hospitals — $1,962
  • Nonprofit hospitals — $2,069
  • For-profit hospitals — $1,568

North Dakota

  • State/local government hospitals — N/A
  • Nonprofit hospitals — $1,709
  • For-profit hospitals — $4,095

Ohio

  • State/local government hospitals — $2,617
  • Nonprofit hospitals — $2,611
  • For-profit hospitals — $2,538

Oklahoma

  • State/local government hospitals — $1,360
  • Nonprofit hospitals — $1,926
  • For-profit hospitals — $1,955

Oregon

  • State/local government hospitals — $3,360
  • Nonprofit hospitals — $3,397
  • For-profit hospitals — $2,520

Pennsylvania

  • State/local government hospitals — $767
  • Nonprofit hospitals — $2,377
  • For-profit hospitals — $1,826

Rhode Island

  • State/local government hospitals — N/A
  • Nonprofit hospitals — $2,809
  • For-profit hospitals — $1,857

South Carolina

  • State/local government hospitals — $1,916
  • Nonprofit hospitals — $2,086
  • For-profit hospitals — $1,650

South Dakota

  • State/local government hospitals — $407
  • Nonprofit hospitals — $1,232
  • For-profit hospitals — $3,149

Tennessee

  • State/local government hospitals — $1,393
  • Nonprofit hospitals — $1,846
  • For-profit hospitals — $1,610

Texas

  • State/local government hospitals — $2,626
  • Nonprofit hospitals — $2,464
  • For-profit hospitals — $1,821

Utah

  • State/local government hospitals — $2,699
  • Nonprofit hospitals — $2,665
  • For-profit hospitals — $2,390

Vermont

  • State/local government hospitals — N/A
  • Nonprofit hospitals — $2,162
  • For-profit hospitals — N/A

Virginia

  • State/local government hospitals — $3,132
  • Nonprofit hospitals — $1,816
  • For-profit hospitals — $1,781

Washington

  • State/local government hospitals — $2,689
  • Nonprofit hospitals — $3,592
  • For-profit hospitals — $2,529

West Virginia

  • State/local government hospitals — $781
  • Nonprofit hospitals — $1,748
  • For-profit hospitals — $1,135

Wisconsin

  • State/local government hospitals — $2,532
  • Nonprofit hospitals — $2,271
  • For-profit hospitals — $2,687

Wyoming

  • State/local government hospitals — $1,405
  • Nonprofit hospitals — $2,036
  • For-profit hospitals — $2,146

My past research suggests that nonprofit hospitals are better at deploying new technology to support patients than are either for-profit or government facilities.  Nonprofits don’t have the limits on spending that profit margins or government budgets place on the other types of facilities.  Our choices about where to go for care are based in part on that.

What you need to know:

You need to shop around to determine where you prefer to be treated.  You can’t wait for an emergency to make that decision.  And if your local hospital is no better than a “band-aid station”, you need to know where you want to go.


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3 comments

  1. Interesting and marked differences between the nonprofit and for profits! And that there’s such variance between states. It would be interesting to crosswalk mortality rates for the same groups. Which has the worse mortality?

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