Health care costs lowest in Utah

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  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    April 23, 2013 1:05 p.m.

    It also helps that Utah has the highest birth rates. Per person spending decreases when a lot of the population is younger,particularly children, rather than states with higher rates of elderly.

    One of the things to be wary of (I don't think this applies too much to Utah but it does to Massachusetts which is ranked first and Texas which has the highest rate of people without health insurance) is that one of the reasons a state might have lower costs is due to some people just plain not getting care because they can't personally afford it. Part of why Massachusetts is #1 (aside from cost of living and not being a particularly young state due to low birth rates) is that just about everyone has health insurance thanks to Romneycare so there's very few people there who are choosing to not get something treated like is more common in a state like Texas with high uninsured rates.

  • Owl Salt Lake City, UT
    April 23, 2013 12:28 p.m.

    Good work Utah. Mr. Obama noted Utah's lower costs and efficient health care delivery in his campaign. Looking at the cancer rates according to states, Utah is usually the lowest. Important factors to lower health care costs are the percentage of children in the state and the lower tobacco and alcohol use.

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    April 23, 2013 8:31 a.m.

    This is good that we can say that. However, when you publicize this, the insurance companies and medical providers get an idea through their boards that they are missing out on an opportunity to charge more. We spend the least per child for education according to some even though that is one of the largest expenditures in the state, by far. Is the glass half-full or half-empty? What does the chairman of the board want? He wants the stockholders to get more for their bang.

    Big hospitals need to fill the beds, just as prisons need to fill the cells.

    The economy benefits from people that have good health and having extraordinary providers as we do in Utah, that see their job more than just money. The economy is more conservative in Utah. Health providers can make more money in California, Illinois, and New York, etc. but there is a reason they stay here in the west, top of the mountains, or the beauty of the desert with good friends, neighbors and even patients.

    Thanks for companies and providers of health care and insurance that manage with clients that must be honest and not bleeding the system. Great!