Health care spending rising in Maryland

May 21, 2012|By Andrea K. Walker

Marylanders spent $44.5 billion on personal health care in 2010 as costs in the state continued to outpace the nation, according to a new report.

Spending on services including hospital care, prescription drugs and long-term care increased 3.5 percent compared to 2009, according to the report by The Maryland Health Care Commission.

On average a Maryland resident spent $7,698 on healthcare in 2010, 9 percent higher than the national average of $7,066.

The biggest chunk of money in Maryland was spent on hospital care, which accounted for one-third of spending. About a quarter of spending was on doctors and clinical services and 15 percent on prescription drugs.

The growth in total spending in Maryland has slowed in the last decade - with the exception of 2006 - from 9.9 percent in 2001 to 3.5 percent in 2010.

Maryland's growth pattern reflected national trends which also show the growth rate across the country falling as the economy has slowed and new efforts have focused on curbing health care spending.








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