The Massachusetts Health Policy Commission released its preliminary cost trends report for 2013. In case anyone needed confirmation, Massachsuetts health care costs are above the national average.
The report says: “Spending in Massachusetts is the highest of any state in the U.S., crowding out other priorities for consumers, business, and government.”
The Massachusetts Medical Society summarized the report on its blog. Here are a few excerpts:
- Massachusetts is No. 1 in the country for personal health care expenditures:
- Massachusetts: $9,278 per person
- U.S.: $6,815
- If you adjust the data for our older population, broad access to care, and higher overhead costs (wages, rent, supplies, etc.) the difference is still 20%.