The average cost of a hospital stay per day as of 2010 is $1,760, according to Becker's Hospital Review. This cost varies depending on what type of hospital the patient is staying at, with the average nonprofit hospital costing more per night than for-profit or government hospitals.
Several factors affect the average cost of a hospital stay. Most significant is whether or not the individual has health insurance, as noted by Zane Benefits. The type of health insurance the patient carries also affects the final bill. For example, individuals with Medicare often pay more than those with private insurance or Medicaid.