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New York
$14,007
Alaska
$13,642
Massachusetts
$13,319
Delaware
$12,899
West Virginia
$12,769
Vermont
$12,756
South Dakota
$12,495
Connecticut
$12,489
Maine
$12,077
New Jersey
$11,868
New Hampshire
$11,793
Rhode Island
$11,694
Pennsylvania
$11,603
North Dakota
$11,301
Wyoming
$10,989
Minnesota
$10,846
Maryland
$10,839
Indiana
$10,517
Louisiana
$10,515
Nebraska
$10,514
Ohio
$10,478
California
$10,299
Hawaii
$10,291
Kentucky
$10,257
Montana
$10,212
Illinois
$10,190
Oregon
$10,071
Wisconsin
$9,982
Missouri
$9,921
Michigan
$9,897
Florida
$9,856
Iowa
$9,789
Oklahoma
$9,444
Kansas
$9,408
Mississippi
$9,394
Arkansas
$9,338
Tennessee
$9,336
Alabama
$9,280
Washington
$9,265
Virginia
$9,195
North Carolina
$8,917
New Mexico
$8,902
South Carolina
$8,766
Georgia
$8,758
Arizona
$8,756
Colorado
$8,583
Texas
$8,406
Nevada
$8,348
Idaho
$8,148
Utah
$7,522

Health Care Costs by State 2024

Health Care Costs by State 2024

In 2018, the United States spent about $3.6 trillion on health care, averaging to about $11,172 per person. Health care costs take up a significant portion of the U.S. economy. In 1960, health care costs made up about 5% of the GDP and in 2018, health care costs made up about 18% of GDP.

The United States has one of the highest costs of health care in the world and spends significantly more on health care than other comparable countries around the world. The rising costs are problematic and do not indicate better health outcomes.

Why are U.S. Health Care Costs Rising?

There are several reasons why health care spending is increasing in the United States. The cost of health care can be seen as a function of the price of services and the amount the services are used.

Increase in the Cost of Services

The prices of health care services have increased faster than the cost of other goods and services in the U.S. economy. The average cost of medical care has grown at an average rate of about 3.5% per year. This growth rate is quicker than the growth rate for inflation.

Aging Population

One reason for the rise in health care spending is an aging population, which increases the number of services used. The share of people over the age of 65 in the United States as of 2018 is 16%. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, this number is projected to rise to over 20% by 2030. This is because people today are living longer than before. Because people 65 and older spend more on health care than any other age group, this will result in an increase in total health care costs over time.

Additionally, because of the aging population, Medicare enrollment is expected to increase from 60 million people to 75 million people, which is expected to increase the cost of Medicare as well.

Health Care Spending by State

Health care spending per capita varies by state. The aforementioned two factors, the price of services and the amount the services are used, also affect the average health care spending in each state. Some states have significantly lower prices for seeing a doctor or specialist than other states. Additionally, some states have a higher population of people over 65, also increasing the average costs.

Health care spending per capita in the data provided in this article includes spending for all privately and publicly funded personal health care services and products, including hospital care, physician services, nursing home care, and prescription drugs.

Based on the data provided, Utah has the lowest health care spending per capita of $5,982. This is likely because Utah residents have a median age of 30.7 years. This is the youngest median age of any state in the U.S. With a lower share of people who are in the 65 and older age group, there are fewer health care services being used. Additionally, Utah is one of the five healthiest states overall in the U.S.

The District of Columbia has the highest health care spending per capita of $11,944. Health care costs in the District of Columbia are extremely high. In general, the cost of living in D.C. is very high. According to a report from the Washington Post, one hospital in D.C. reported charging $115,000 for putting a patient on a ventilator. Another hospital charges almost $69,000 for a lower joint replacement. Although insurance may cover most of the costs, the costs of these services are astronomically high and can still cause a great financial burden on the patient and patient’s family.

Health Care Costs by State 2024

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State
Per Capita 2020 KFF
Cost-Prohibited Care
Per Capita 2020 Forbes
New York$14,00735%$13,012
Alaska$13,64235.8%$13,188
Massachusetts$13,31918.2%$12,754
Delaware$12,89928.1%$12,294
West Virginia$12,76939.5%$12,019
Vermont$12,75635.5%$12,237
South Dakota$12,49547.1%$11,736
Connecticut$12,48921.3%$11,899
Maine$12,07737.4%$11,505
New Jersey$11,86831.1%$11,266
New Hampshire$11,79351.7%$11,359
Rhode Island$11,69454%$11,049
Pennsylvania$11,60332.8%$11,229
North Dakota$11,30147.1%$10,741
Wyoming$10,98964.7%$10,296
Minnesota$10,84646.9%$10,510
Maryland$10,83927.2%$10,340
Indiana$10,51735.2%$9,914
Louisiana$10,51532%$9,796
Nebraska$10,51433.1%$9,974
Ohio$10,47836.3%$10,093
California$10,29933.3%$9,665
Hawaii$10,29129.8%$9,593
Kentucky$10,25736.2%$9,778
Montana$10,21240.8%$9,791
Illinois$10,19042.8%$9,601
Oregon$10,07132.4%$9,625
Wisconsin$9,98244%$9,626
Missouri$9,92142.9%$9,461
Michigan$9,89736.5%$9,524
Florida$9,85651.9%$9,501
Iowa$9,78939.6%$9,265
Oklahoma$9,44447.3%$8,997
Kansas$9,40844.7%$8,845
Mississippi$9,39444.3%$8,852
Arkansas$9,33844.6%$8,912
Tennessee$9,33659.4%$8,909
Alabama$9,28045.2%$8,788
Washington$9,26538.7%$8,939
Virginia$9,19536.1%$8,815
North Carolina$8,91751.1%$8,607
New Mexico$8,90225.9%$8,505
South Carolina$8,76622.1%$8,362
Georgia$8,75839.9%$8,282
Arizona$8,75644.4%$8,239
Colorado$8,58353.1%$8,289
Texas$8,40644.4%$8,048
Nevada$8,34839.8%$8,118
Idaho$8,14852.7%$7,772
Utah$7,52245.9%$7,241
District of Columbia30.7%$13,934
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