Distribution of hospital costs by payer 1980-2016

Distribution of hospital costs in the U.S. in 1980, 2000, and 2016, by payer

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Release date

May 2018


United States

Survey time period

1980, 2000, and 2014

Supplementary notes

Data for community hospitals. Percentages were rounded, so they possibly do not add to 100 percent in all years.
* Private payer formulas were updated in 2014 to account for the change in bad debt calculations, which is now reported as a deduction from revenue rather than a expense.
** Uncompensated care represents bad debt expense and charity care, at cost.
*** Non-patient represents costs for cafeterias, parking lots, gift shops and other non-patient care operating services and are not attributed to any one payer.

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