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Utah Has Lowest Healthcare Expenditures

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April 16, 2013

Salt Lake City — Utah has once again been recognized for having the lowest healthcare costs in the nation, according to an analysis by the Wall Street Journal.

Utah’s health care spending in 2009 was $5,031 per person, compared to the U.S. average of $6,815. The highest spending state in the country is Massachusetts, at $9,278, the newspaper found.

The article cited Utah’s young and healthy population and “particularly low spending on hospital care and doctors’ services” as causes of Utah’s continued efficiency in health care spending.

“Credit is also due to the many providers working hard every day in Utah to bring patients low cost and high quality healthcare,” wrote David Gessel, Utah Hospital Association vice president of government relations and legal affairs on UHA’s blog. “They understand better than anyone that we need to work on driving down costs while maintaining quality,”

“Legislative efforts related to tort reform over the years may also play a role in keeping malpractice rates and claims in check,” Gessel wrote. “Our population density along the Wasatch Front also makes it easier to serve a significant portion of the state in a cost-effective manner.”

UHA represents 47 acute and specialty hospitals, 10 health systems and 27 affiliated professional services involved in providing healthcare services to the citizens of Utah and neighboring states.

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