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MN Community Measurement Releases Annual Health Care Cost Report

MN Community Measurement (MNCM), an independent nonprofit organization, has released its annual report on health care cost and utilization in the state of Minnesota. MN Community Measurement’s 2018 Health Care Cost & Utilization Report highlights health care cost trends and drivers of cost growth throughout the state of Minnesota and includes data that consumers can use to compare costs of different providers.

Key findings of the report reveal that the average total cost of care for patients with private health insurance increased by 2.0 percent in Minnesota to $563 per patient per month. Growth in 2017 was slower than the previous two years, when the total cost of care increased by 6.1 and 5.6 percent in 2015 and 2016, respectively. New this year is inclusion of hospital outpatient settings for radiology costs. Overall, imaging services in a hospital outpatient setting cost 45 percent more than the same service in a clinic or stand-alone radiology center.

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