This information is for reference purposes only. It was current when produced and may now be outdated. Archive material is no longer maintained, and some links may not work. Persons with disabilities having difficulty accessing this information should contact us at: https://info.ahrq.gov. Let us know the nature of the problem, the Web address of what you want, and your contact information.
Please go to www.ahrq.gov for current information.
AHRQ News and Numbers
Release Date: September 13, 2005
The average hospital charge for Americans treated for disc disorders and other back problems nearly doubled between 1993 and 2003—from $13,200 to $25,300—according to the Federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. The statistics are adjusted for
inflation and do not include physicians' fees.
- While hospital charges were increasing, the time
back patients had to stay in the hospital was falling—from an average of
nearly 5 days in 1993 to about 3 days in 2003.
- Between 1993 and 2003, the number of hospital
admissions for back problems increased from 528,000 to 658,000.