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Average outpatient visit in U.S. approaching $500, study finds

December 17, 2018 / Jeff Lagasse

The average outpatient visit in the United States costs nearly $500, according to a new scientific study by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington. In addition, the average inpatient stay had a price tag in 2016 of more than $22,000. Both of these dollar amounts underscore a common understanding in the health profession: The US exceeds every other nation in total healthcare costs. Between 1990 and 2016, inpatient admissions globally increased by more than two-thirds, while outpatient visits increased by more than half.