The Health Care Cost Institute (HCCI) launched a new interactive report revealing striking variation in health care prices across 112 U.S. localities. The variation was driven by market-level differences in both the price levels and growth of certain health care service categories – inpatient, outpatient, and professional services. The visual essay is the first in a series of releases from the Healthy Marketplace Index project, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, which compares health care prices, spending, and utilization by patients with employer-sponsored health insurance for a common set of services across the country.
Analyzing over 1.78 billion commercial claims, HCCI compared the average prices paid for the same set of health care services in 112 metro areas across the country. This report presents the price level benchmarks for the U.S. health care system from 2012 to 2016 using a variety of interactive maps and charts to help consumers and stakeholders understand how the prices in their local area compare to others around the country.
- Access the Healthy Marketplace Index tools: https://www.healthcostinstitute.org/research/hmi/interactive