Have you ever wondered how much a hospital stay in New York might set you back compared to Texas or how much you might be expected to pay for an emergency room visit in California compared to Florida?
The expenses for healthcare services and procedures can differ significantly depending on the state. This reflects regional disparities and variations in healthcare affordability.
Medical costs in the United States vary dramatically from state to state. From the soaring expenses of childbirth to the hefty price tags on essential prescription drugs. Understanding the financial burden associated with different medical milestones is important.
The nation’s healthcare expenditures can sometimes paint an interesting and surprising picture when it comes to healthcare in America. That’s why we decided to take a deep dive into the most expensive and affordable states regarding some of life’s most common medical occurrences.
Taking a closer look at various factors, such as the cost of a hospital stay, an ER visit, and even the most expensive surgical procedures, we reveal the best and worst states for medical costs.
To determine the best and worst US states for medical costs we looked at various factors including the average cost of an ER visit, hospital stay, and childbirth as well as the rate of access to medical care and which states have the highest rates of people avoiding care due to medical costs.
We then calculated an overall average for each factor using a weighted ranking. Please note that the District of Columbia was not added to the list due to not having available data for each factor.
To find out the cost of an average hospital stay in the US, we gathered information from ValuePenguin. Using this data, we then ranked the figures based on the average cost of spending 4.6 days in the hospital. These figures were collected on 12/09/23.
From Talk to Mira, we collected data on the average cost of an emergency room visit by state, ranking all 50 states in order of the most expensive to the most affordable.
For childbirth costs, we used CBS News to gather figures on the average cost of giving birth in each state. We then ranked the data to find the most expensive states. This data was completed on 14/09/23.
To reveal the states with the least access to care and those with people most likely to avoid care due to medical costs, we looked at America’s Health Rankings. The data was gathered from the clinical care section. The annual access to care was based on a value score in which the higher the score, the healthier the state’s accessibility to care. We collected this data on 13/09/23. Additional information on the scoring system can be found in America’s Health Rankings Methodology.
Data for the states with the highest prescription drug spending was taken from Definitive Healthcare, which looked at the top 25 states in the country and ranked them by the percentage of prescription drug spending in 2022. This data was collected on 12/09/23.
To find out the cost of surgical procedures in the US, we used sources such as Debt.org and CBS News to get the average prices of different surgeries, which we then ranked to find the most expensive in the country. This data was collected on 12/09/23.
For the most common reasons for hospital visits, we used AHRQ.gov to collect the 20 most frequent reasons for people visiting the hospital in the US, looking at the top primary diagnoses and how many hospital stays each diagnosis resulted in. This data was collected on 12/09/23.