There is wide variation in health care spending across the nation, according to a report by a Medicare & Medicaid Research Review report.
The report looked healthcare spending at over the last decade (1998–2009) across the nation.
Key findings from the report:
- New England and Mideast regions had the highest per capita personal healthcarespending, while states in the Southwest and Rocky Mountain regions had the lowest per capita spending.
- States with the highest per capita spending tended to have older populations and the highest per capita incomes.
- States with the lowest per capita spending tended to have younger populations, lower per capita incomes, and higher rates of uninsured.
- The Great Lakes, New England, and Far West regions experienced the largest slowdown in per person healthcare spending growth during the recent recession.