Madison
71° F
Overcast
Overcast
Advertisement

Wis. health care costs exceed national average

Published On: Aug 28 2013 08:23:02 AM CDT
Updated On: Aug 28 2013 08:26:28 AM CDT

MADISON, Wis. -

Wisconsin residents pay more for health care than those in many other states, but they often receive higher quality care too.

The most recent report by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services says health care spending in Wisconsin averaged $7,233 for each person in 2009. That was 6 percent higher than the national average of $6,815.

Also, health care spending grew an average of 6.7 percent a year in Wisconsin between 1991 and 2009, slightly ahead of the national average of 6.5 percent.

Donna Friedsam is the Health Policy Programs director at the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. She says studies have shown that Wisconsin has high quality health care overall, although it doesn't rank as well in quality of care for blacks and Hispanics.

Advertisement
  • Lethal injection

    Reuters

    History of the death penalty in America

    The alleged botched execution of Arizona prison inmate Joseph Wood has put capital punishment -- specifically, the manner in which criminals are executed -- back in the spotlight. Take a look at the history of the death penalty in America.

  • Pope Francis, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio

    REUTERS/Dylan Martinez

    Reasons why Pope Francis is cool

    Pope Francis is coming to the U.S. in Sept., to head the eighth World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia, according to the National Catholic Reporter. Take a look at the many reasons why Pope Francis is cool.

  • smile

    istock

    Happiest/unhappiest U.S. cities

    It seems that residents of Louisiana are some of the happiest people in the country, and New Yorkers remain some of the unhappiest, according to a new report. Take a look at the happiest - and unhappiest - U.S. cities.

Advertisement