4 notes on Wyoming healthcare prices, some of the nation's highest

Wyoming, a state largely marked by isolated hospitals, sports some of the highest healthcare prices in the U.S., according to NBC affiliate KPVI.

Four things to know:

1. Figures from a database put together by the Health Care Cost Institute reveal that of 254 healthcare services, prices for 242 were higher in Wyoming than the median national price.

2. For example, a Wyoming resident and his or her insurer could pay $21,287 for an appendectomy. In comparison, the median U.S. price is $15,595.

3. KPVI cites another service, a breast biopsy, as priced at $7,300 in Wyoming. The U.S. median price is $2,700 lower.

4. In February, HCCI ranked Wyoming as the state with the fifth-highest per-person healthcare spending in 2017. Employers spent an average of $6,695 per person that year.

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