A blog post on Health Affairs looks at the differences in health care spending on the state level.
The blog notes the differences vary widely, “For example, health care spending in three states — Maine, West Virginia and Mississippi — accounts for one out of every five dollars of state GDP. Conversely, Wyoming spends less than 9 percent.”
The post cites “a study by the National Center for Policy Analysis [that] finds that the public sector exhibits much more variability from state to state than the private sector; public sector medicine, rather than private sector medicine, may be the culprit.”
AHIP’s iPad app, U.S. Health Care Spending 101, looks at state health care spending through the years.