Compare published prices for hospital Emergency Room visits, for all 14 hospitals in VT, according to level of severity and complexity. Statewide average ER price from Oct. 1 2021 to Sept. 30, 2022 is $433 for Level 1 minor problem, before adding tests or procedures. The price has risen an average of 9% per year since 2019. Very few visits are this “simple”. Level 2 low severity ER visit average price was $591 before adding test costs. Level 3 moderate severity and complexity ER visit (the most common in the US) average price is $990 for hospital and physician charges, excluding tests and medications etc. Both Level 2 and Level 3 average prices for an ER visit rose about 6% per year over the past 3 years. Level 4 average price is $1,490. Top base price for a Level 5 visit was $2,097 per visit ($1,546 hospital, $551 doctor fee). Level 4 and Level 5 Emergency Department visits have risen about 5% per year, over the past 3 years in Vermont.
For consumer planning purposes, billing code Levels 3, 4 and 5 are most likely to occur. A recent study of Medicare patients found that the most common ER visit charge was for a Level 5 visit, right at the top of the complexity scale. Both facility and physician charges are shown – an amazing show of leadership in price transparency. Springfield Hospital’s Level 5 charge is $1,441; the University of Vermont Medical Center’s Level 5 ER charge is over $3,000. Prices do NOT include lab tests, imaging tests or procedures during the ER visit. Prices are good from October 2021 through September 30, 2022. Table 3D published in 2022. Editor’s Pick because VT got this report out while the published prices were still in effect – if even for only a few months.