A state-by-state breakdown of per capita healthcare spending

There was wide variation in per capita healthcare spending among states in 2014, according to a study by CMS' Office of the Actuary published by Health Affairs

The study revealed state-level per capita personal healthcare spending was the lowest in Utah in 2014 at $5,982, 26 percent lower than the national average of $8,045. Alaska had the highest spending of any state at $11,064, 38 percent higher than the national average. 

The study identified several factors associated with variation in per capita healthcare spending by state. States with higher spending tend to have greater percentages of the population enrolled in Medicaid or Medicare, higher levels of personal income per capita and more healthcare capacity, while states with lower spending tend to have higher rates of uninsurance. 

The study is based on State Health Expenditure Accounts produced by CMS' Office of the Actuary. The state-level estimates are measured at the personal healthcare level, which reflects all healthcare goods and services used. The state health expenditure data also includes estimates of private health insurance, Medicare and Medicaid spending as well as out-of-pocket payments by household. 

Here's a breakdown of per capita healthcare spending by state, according to the study.

1. Alaska — $11,064

2. Massachusetts — $10,559

3. Delaware — $10,254 

4. Vermont — $10,190

5. Connecticut — $9,859

6. North Dakota — $9,851

7. New York — $9,778

8. New Hampshire — $9,589 

9. Rhode Island — $9,551

10. Maine — $9,531

11. West Virginia — $9,462

12. Pennsylvania — $9,258

13. South Dakota — $8,933

14. Minnesota — $8,871

15. New Jersey — $8,859

16. Ohio — $8,712

17. Wisconsin — $8,702

18. Maryland — $8,602

19. Nebraska: $8,412

20. Wyoming — $8,320 

21. Indiana — $8,300

22. Illinois — $8,262

23. Montana: $8,221

24. Iowa — $8,200

25. Missouri — $8,107

26. Florida — $8,076

27. Michigan — $8,055

28. Oregon — $8,044

29. Kentucky — $8,004

30. Washington:— $7,913

31. Louisiana — $7,815

32. Kansas — $7,651

33. Mississippi — $7,646

34. Oklahoma — $7,627

35. Virginia — $7,556

36. California — $7,549

37. Arkansas — $7,408

38. Tennessee — $7,372

39. South Carolina — $7,311

40. Hawaii — $7,299

41. Alabama — $7,281

42. North Carolina — $7,264

43. New Mexico — $7,214

44. Texas — $6,998

45. Idaho — $6,927

46. Colorado — $6,804

47. Nevada — $6,714

48. Georgia — $6,587

49. Arizona — $6,452

50. Utah — $5,982

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