Which States Have The Highest Health Care Costs?
There has been a focus recently on health insurance premiums and how they will change under the ACA. One of the factors affecting premiums is the cost of health care. Health care costs can vary greatly from state to state and ultimately affect how much you’ll pay for health insurance.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) estimate the annual cost of health care in the U.S., not including health insurance premiums, is $6815 per person.
CMS recently gathered data relating to the cost of visits to doctors, hospitals, nursing homes, and other providers. They also collected costs associated with medical products such as prescription drugs, over-the-counter medicines, eyeglasses and hearing aids.
Based on CMS’s research, here are the most expensive states when it comes to health care costs:
- No.1 Massachusetts – $9,728 per person
- No.2 Alaska – $9,128 per person
- No.3 Connecticut – $8,654 per person
- No.4 Maine – $8,521 per person
- No.5 Delaware – $8,480 per person
- No.6 New York – $8,341 per person
- No.7 Rhode Island – $8,309 per person
Higher health care costs do not necessarily translate to higher health care premiums by state. Health care reform hopes to correct some of the disparity and control the cost of health care and health insurance premiums over time.
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