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Hospitalisation rates explain differences in Medicaid costs across US

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 11 July 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d4361
  1. Bob Roehr
  1. 1Washington, DC

The rates and costs of hospitalisation explain much of the difference in states’ spending on beneficiaries of Medicaid, the US joint federal and state health insurance programmes for people on low incomes, a new study concludes.

Secondary factors were regional differences in the cost of living and of healthcare and the age and mix of patients, the study found (Health Affairs 2011;30:1316-24, doi:10.1377/hlthaff.2011.0106).

Average annual spending per Medicaid beneficiary across the US was $5163 (£3210; €3610) during the study period, 2001 to 2005. The 10 highest spending states averaged $1650 above that figure, while the 10 lowest spending averaged $1161 below it.

The mid-Atlantic region (New York, New Jersey, and …

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