Hospital Charges

Children & Adolescents with Pain Syndromes

Lead Author(s): 

Aimee O. Hersh, MD

Supporting Author(s): 

Sylvia I. Watkins-Castillo, PhD

Total charges averaged $42,000 for a mean 5.6-day stay when children and adolescents were hospitalized with any diagnosis of a pain syndrome along with other medical conditions. With a primary pain syndrome diagnosis, the stay was shorter (3.1 days), and mean charges about half that of pain syndrome as a contributing condition ($22,900). Age and sex were not significant factors in length of hospital stay and average charges for a medical problem diagnosis. Total hospital charges for primary pain syndrome diagnosis discharges in 2012 were $43.4 million. (Reference Table 7.11 PDF CSV)

Total Hospital Charges for Children and Adolescents Age 20 and Under with Musculoskeletal (MSK) Pain Syndrome Diagnosis, by Sex and Age, United States 2012


  • 2014

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