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Top 15 most expensive countries to be hospitalized in

The average night at a hospital in Monaco costs $3,371 — seven times the cost of a five-star hotel.

Craving a luxurious vacation? Depending on where you travel, a five-star hotel stay might actually cost you less than a night at the hospital. You might think the average bill for a US hospital is expensive at $642 per night. But surprisingly, we rank only 17th on Finder.com’s list of the most expensive hospital stays worldwide.

Finder.com analyzed primary, secondary and teaching hospital costs in 189 countries reported in the World Health Organization’s 2011 health costs data to discover that the No. 1 spot belongs to the independent city-state of Monaco, where a single night’s snooze on a hospital bed will empty your pocket of an average $3,371 — or 425% more than the price of a US hospital bed. Given a five-star hotel in Monaco costs roughly $509 a night, you could stay seven nights in a luxury hotel in Monaco for just a few hundred dollars more than your one night with doctors.

Better yet, you could instead pay for travel insurance, which often includes emergency medical benefits that cover emergency hospital stays. We collected travel insurance quotes from numerous providers to discover at a mere $16 a day on average, it’s peace of mind that’s 211 times cheaper than sleeping on a hospital bed, should you need it.

Trailing Monaco is Luxembourg at an average $1,775 per hospital night. This night of care is $1,596 cheaper than a hospital stay in Monaco, but it’s also a whopping 12 times more expensive than Luxembourg’s average five-star hotel, where you can rest like royalty for just $154 a night.

What are the overall most expensive countries for hospitalization?

Rank Country Cost of hospital bed per day Average cost of travel insurance for a week Average cost of a 5-star-hotel
1 Monaco $3,371 $111 $509
2 Luxembourg $1,775 $111 $154
3 Norway $1,314 $111 $328
4 Qatar $1,280 $112 $230
5 Switzerland $864 $111 $434
6 San Marino $827 $111 $99
7 Denmark $791 $111 $203
8 Ireland $787 $111 $236
9 United Arab Emirates $711 $112 $311
10 Netherlands $696 $111 $153
11 Sweden $677 $111 $184
12 Kuwait $677 $112 $283
13 Iceland $675 $111 $273
14 Finland $650 $111 $242
15 Austria $639 $111 $239

Source: finder.com analysis of health delivery data from the World Health Organization (2011), Knoema’s Accomodation Price Index 2016, Trip Advisor, finder.com’s hotel comparison tool

Our research team analyzed US National Travel and Tourism Office statistics for 2017 to determine how much you could pay for a hospital bed in popular tourist destinations.

Topping the most expensive countries popular among American travelers is the UK, where a hospital bed costs an average $218 a day. Shelling out 66% more than your average hospital stay in the States might sound reasonable enough, but it’s far more than the $16 a day you could instead pay for travel insurance.

How much does a hospital stay cost in popular destinations for US travelers?

Rank Country Cost of hospital bed per day Average cost of travel insurance for a week Average cost of a 5-star-hotel
1 United Kingdom $218 $111 $269
2 Dominican Rep. $44 $108 $1,323
3 France $570 $111 $307
4 Italy $487 $111 $248
5 Germany $578 $111 $166
6 Spain $443 $111 $313
7 Jamaica $52 $108 $319
8 China $31 $111 $244
9 Japan $491 $111 $289
10 Ireland $804 $111 $236
11 India $9 $111 $146
12 Netherlands $711 $111 $153
13 Costa Rica $68 $115 $639
14 Bahamas $246 $108 $541
15 Philippines $15 $111 $164

Source: finder.com analysis of five-star hotel prices from Knoema’s Accomodation Price Index 2016, Trip Advisor, as well as finder.com’s hotel comparison tool

The most expensive hospital bed in our list of the top 15 US travel destinations is home to Guinness and U2: Ireland. The Emerald Isle averages $804 for one night at the hospital, or seven times more than the average five-star hotel, where you could pay only $111 a night for a luxury stay.

Average cost of a hospital stay in 189 countries

Country Price of hospital bed
Monaco $3,371
Luxembourg $1,813
Norway $1,343
Qatar $1,308
Switzerland $882
San Marino $845
Denmark $808
Ireland $804
United Arab Emirates $727
Netherlands $711
Sweden $692
Kuwait $691
Iceland $689
Finland $664
Austria $653
Australia $646
United States of America $642
Belgium $612
Canada $594
Singapore $586
Germany $578
France $570
United Kingdom $565
Brunei $504
Japan $491
Italy $487
Spain $443
Cyprus $399
Greece $383
New Zealand $367
Bahrain $367
Equatorial Guinea $357
Israel $339
Slovenia $335
Portugal $287
Oman $268
Malta $265
Czech Republic $250
Bahamas $246
Trinidad and Tobago $237
Republic of Korea $235
Saudi Arabia $224
Andorra $218
Slovakia $207
Estonia $206
Croatia $181
Hungary $180
Barbados $170
Latvia $169
Libyan Arab Jamahirya $169
Lithuania $163
Antigua and Barbuda $162
Poland $157
Russian Federation $137
Seychelles $129
Saint Kitts and Nevis $122
Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of) $117
Niue $113
Turkey $111
Mexico $110
Chile $110
Gabon $109
Romania $104
Uruguay $98
Kazakhstan $89
Argentina $89
Malaysia $89
Palau $88
Cook Islands $83
Montenegro $78
Mauritius $77
Botswana $75
Lebanon $74
Bulgaria $73
Panama $72
Costa Rica $68
Belarus $66
Grenada $65
Saint Lucia $58
South Africa $56
Dominica $56
Suriname $56
Azerbaijan $56
Colombia $53
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines $53
Jamaica $52
The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia $49
Algeria $49
Serbia $49
Bosnia $49
Cuba $48
Iran $47
Dominican Republic $44
Peru $44
Belize $43
Albania $40
Angola $40
Ecuador $39
Thailand $39
Tunisia $39
Namibia $38
Maldives $37
Ukraine $37
Fiji $37
Turkmenistan $35
Armenia $35
El Salvador $34
Nauru $32
China $31
Jordan $31
Cape Verde $29
Tonga $28
Iraq $27
Samoa $26
Georgia $26
Congo $25
Guatemala $25
Morocco $24
Paraguay $24
Vanuatu $23
Tuvalu $23
Swaziland $21
Syrian Arab Republic $20
Indonesia $19
Micronesia (Federated States of) $19
Marshall Islands $18
Egypt $18
Sri Lanka $18
Brazil $17
Honduras $16
Mongolia $16
Bhutan $16
Philippines $15
Bolivia $15
Republic of Moldova $14
Guyana $12
Nigeria $11
Kiribati $11
Sudan $11
Solomon Islands $10
Yemen $10
Cameroon $9
Papua New Guinea $9
Nicaragua $9
Djibouti $9
Sao Tome and Principe $9
India $9
Uzbekistan $8
Vietnam $8
Cote d'Ivoire $8
Zambia $8
Senegal $8
Mauritania $8
Kyrgyzstan $7
Lao People's Democratic Republic $6
Pakistan $6
Cambodia $6
Lesotho $6
Tajikistan $6
Kenya $6
Benin $5
Comoros $5
Chad $5
Ghana $5
Mali $5
Togo $4
Haiti $4
Afghanistan $4
Democratic People's Republic of Korea $4
Uganda $4
Bangladesh $3
Gambia $3
Myanmar $3
United Republic of Tanzania $3
Timor-Leste $3
Madagascar $3
Rwanda $3
Central African Republic $3
Mozambique $3
Nepal $3
Guinea $3
Niger $2
Sierra Leone $2
Ethiopia $2
Eritrea $2
Malawi $2
Guinea-bissau $2
Liberia $1
Democratic Republic of Congo $1

Source: finder.com analysis of health delivery data from the World Health Organization (2011)

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