WSJ: Healthcare Spending Varies Widely By Location
While healthcare spending in the U.S. averaged $6,815 per person in 2009, the number has been far exceeded in the nation’s capital and Northeast region, reports the Wall Street Journal (WSJ).
Washington D.C. spent the most on healthcare in 2009 with $10,349 per person, according to data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).
While D.C. stood out as the highest spender among all 50 states, the states that spent the most on healthcare for each resident were mostly in the Northeast.
States with relatively young populations, such as Utah, had lower spending on hospital care and doctors’ services, according to the article. Additionally, Utah is also among the states with the lowest rate of obesity, a factor often linked to expensive health conditions such as heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes, notes WSJ.
Written by Jason Oliva