Washington DC Spends More on Health Insurance than Any Other City, New Study Shows

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New study by health insurance quote provider SelfHealthInsurance.com shows that Washington, DC spends the most on healthcare out of any city in the United States. Ogden, UT, the study shows, spends the least.

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Health insurance quote provider SelfHealthInsurance.com released a new study titled “Which Cities Spend The Most On Health Care And Which Ones Spend The Least?” The study, which gathered statistical information from Thomson Reuters' repository of health care claims, in addition to other sources, looks at health insurance costs of metropolitan areas in the United States. It looks at the amount of money Americans spend on their employer-sponsored health care plans on a city-by-city basis.

The data shows that the nation's capital, Washington, DC, spends the most for health care out of any city in the country. On the opposite side of the spectrum, the less-populated Ogden, UT has the lowest health insurance costs.

The study shows that larger, more populated cities tend to have higher health care costs. The three largest metropolitan areas of the United States: New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago, are all on the top ten list for highest amount spent on health insurance. SelfHealthInsurance.com says that a major reason big cities spend a lot on health care is because of the first-rate medical care offered in these cities. Because the best hospitals are located in major metropolitan areas, people with serious illness and rare diseases flock to these medical centers for treatment.

Secondary reasons cited for high health care costs in major cities include pollution and stress. The study says that in big cities smog and pollutants tend to stay in the air longer and therefore wreck havoc on its residents. The stresses of big city life and also play a role in increasing the amount spent on health care. SelfHealthInsurance.com says, “workplace related stress is not good for your health, and new studies are beginning to show it leads to increased health care costs.”

On the other hand, when looking at more relaxed, care-free cities, SelfHealthInsurance.com says, health care costs are much lower. The major city (of cities with metropolitan area populations greater than 500,000) with the lowest health care costs, the study shows, is Portland, Oregon. SelfHealthInsurance.com says that “Portland is known for being an active town where many people enjoy bike riding and hiking. Because Portland has so many healthy residents, fewer citizens of the city require costly health care procedures.”

When looking at all Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSA) in the United States, Ogden, UT spends the lowest on healthcare. SelfHealthInsurance.com believes that the stress-free climate of cities like Ogden plays a huge role in determining insurance costs. Thomon Reuters' also says that in these smaller communities, the low amount of hospitals may play a role in keeping health care costs to a minimum. Ray Fabius, chief medical officer for the health care business of Thomson Reuters, says that generally speaking, “we know that the greater the competition in a community, the better the pricing is from a consumer standpoint. If there is a single dominant hospital in a community, they would not have pricing pressure; if there are more hospitals in a community, there is more pricing pressure.”

SelfHealthInsurance.com is a health insurance quote provider located in New York, NY. In addition to providing health insurance quotes to United States users, they also release studies and reports on the health insurance industry. Recent reports include, “How smoking affects healthcare costs” and “How Is Obamas Health Care Reform Going To Effect Health Insurance In America?” SelfHealthInsurance.com's goal is to become the leading online health insurance provider in the United States.

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