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Chart: Conditions with Highest Average Charges

Conditions with Highest Average Charges, Average charges, Average length of stay: Respiratory distress syndrome (infant), $68,000, 24.6 days; Spinal cord injury, $53,000, 15.9 days; Prematurity and low birth weight, $50,000, 21.7 days; Heart valve disorders, $48,000, 9.1 days; Leukemias, $44,000, 13.5 days

Source: Hospitalization in the United States, 1997 (HCUP Fact Book No. 1). AHRQ Publication No. 00-0031. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, 2000.

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