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North Dakota, Wyoming and Wisconsin saw the highest increases in hospital expenses per visit

SEATTLE, May 19, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- QuoteWizard®, a LendingTree company, and one of the nation's leading online insurance marketplaces released a report on states with the highest hospital expenses. The influx brought on from the pandemic comes at a time where hospital expenses are at an all-time high after a decade of steep increases.

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Over the last decade, each state, with the exception of Alaska and Maryland, has experienced an increase in hospital expenses. The rate of increase varies by state, but the reasons for increased expenses are likely similar. Our complex health insurance system in the United States leaves us in tremendous debt, and hospitals must continue to increase health care costs to offset the losses incurred by health insurance deficiencies.

Key findings:

  • North Dakota, Wyoming and Wisconsin saw the highest increases in hospital expenses per visit.
  • North Dakota, Connecticut and Oregon have the highest hospital expenses per visit in America.
  • Nearly 10% of Americans are uninsured, leaving $35 billion dollars in uncompensated health care annually.
  • Hospital debt increased from $617 million in 2015 to $56 billion in 2018.
  • The complex American health insurance system leaves a total of 8% of health care costs going towards administrative costs. Other developed countries spend 1% to 3% on administrative costs.
  • The average hospital expense for an inpatient visit costs $2,335 ⁠— 36% higher from a decade ago.

 

Rank

Location

2009 Average

2018 Average

Rate Change

1

North Dakota

$1,238

$3,573

188.61%

2

Wyoming

$1,293

$2,473

91.26%

3

Wisconsin

$1,629

$2,807

72.31%

4

Idaho

$1,781

$2,966

66.54%

5

Vermont

$1,586

$2,633

66.02%

6

New York

$1,811

$2,894

59.80%

7

Nebraska

$1,347

$2,140

58.87%

8

Connecticut

$2,238

$3,481

55.54%

9

Minnesota

$1,317

$2,048

55.50%

10

Illinois

$1,646

$2,522

53.22%

11

West Virginia

$952

$1,446

51.89%

12

Ohio

$1,812

$2,702

49.12%

13

Kansas

$1,344

$1,963

46.06%

14

Arkansas

$1,361

$1,984

45.78%

15

Tennessee

$1,381

$2,013

45.76%

16

New Mexico

$1,985

$2,826

42.37%

17

California

$2,239

$3,180

42.03%

18

Kentucky

$1,434

$2,020

40.86%

19

Colorado

$2,086

$2,931

40.51%

20

Pennsylvania

$1,356

$1,892

39.53%

21

Oregon

$2,459

$3,426

39.32%

22

Michigan

$1,439

$1,991

38.36%

23

Texas

$1,944

$2,664

37.04%

24

Utah

$2,104

$2,883

37.02%

25

Hawaii

$1,656

$2,235

34.96%

26

Louisiana

$1,522

$2,054

34.95%

27

Oklahoma

$1,441

$1,939

34.56%

28

Washington

$2,516

$3,385

34.54%

29

Maine

$1,331

$1,785

34.11%

30

Arizona

$1,874

$2,482

32.44%

31

Indiana

$1,816

$2,391

31.66%

32

South Dakota

$1,563

$2,053

31.35%

33

New Jersey

$1,828

$2,399

31.24%

34

North Carolina

$1,579

$2,050

29.83%

35

New Hampshire

$1,871

$2,400

28.27%

36

Georgia

$1,262

$1,607

27.34%

37

Virginia

$1,970

$2,435

23.60%

38

Florida

$1,707

$2,105

23.32%

39

Alabama

$1,294

$1,582

22.26%

40

South Carolina

$1,745

$2,052

17.59%

41

Missouri

$1,789

$2,101

17.44%

42

Mississippi

$1,265

$1,472

16.36%

43

Massachusetts

$2,066

$2,390

15.68%

44

Rhode Island

$2,235

$2,509

12.26%

45

Montana

$1,444

$1,599

10.73%

46

Iowa

$1,442

$1,595

10.61%

47

Nevada

$2,018

$2,213

9.66%

48

Delaware

$1,954

$2,062

5.53%

49

Maryland

$2,093

$2,080

-0.62%

50

Alaska

$2,354

$2,188

-7.05%

Methodology
We analyzed American Hospital Association data via Kaiser Family Foundation on hospital expenses per visit in each state from 2009 to 2018. We compared hospital expense averages in each state over a 10-year period to see which states have seen the largest increases in hospital expenses. Final rankings are based on states that saw the largest percentage increases in hospital expenses per visit.

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