Healthcare prices rose but use fell across U.S.
Healthcare prices vary widely depending on U.S. location, according to a new interactive report from the Health Care Cost Institute. Despite huge variations between cities and towns, one trend held true: Between 2012 – 2016, the average area saw healthcare prices rise 13% and utilization drop by 17%.
Metropolitan areas with high use tended to have lower prices, but that trend wasn’t consistent throughout. For example, Baltimore had the highest overall use in the country (34% above the U.S. median in 2016) but the lowest prices (26% below). By comparison, San Jose, California, had prices 84% above the national average though healthcare utilization there was 19% lower.
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