What is the average cost for a stay in an intensive care unit?


According to a study featured in the U.S. Library of Medicine and National Institute of Health, the average cost for an ICU stay is about $2,300 per day for those who require ventilators and $1,800 for those patients who do not. The study concluded, however, that there are many factors that affect the cost of an ICU stay.

An ICU stay is generally more expensive in the beginning due to the severity of the patient's house. In fact, a full half of the total cost of an ICU stay can be incurred within the first couple of days. After the third day, the cost of an ICU stay tends to decrease significantly. The study attributed these statistics to the stabilization of patients and the subsequent need for less care.

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