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Report: Wisconsinites pay 6% more for health care than nation

Health care graphic copyright Midwest Communications, Inc.
Health care graphic copyright Midwest Communications, Inc.

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Wisconsinites pay six percent more for their health care than the national average.

The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said Wisconsin’s total health care spending averaged about $7,200 per resident in 2009. The national average was just over $6,800 per person in ’09, the latest year in which cost figures were available.

The report also said Wisconsin’s health care spending grew by 6.7 percent a year from 1991 through 2009. That’s slightly more than the national growth rate of 6.5 percent per annum.

Many Wisconsinites get more for their money.

Donna Friedsam of the UW-Madison Population Health Institute says the Badger State has a high quality of health care overall – but quality studies do not rank as well for Hispanics and African-Americans.