It’s not just taxes.
New Jersey residents spend a lot on health care, too.
Lifestyle site The Senior List released a study on Wednesday ranking the Garden State sixth in spending the most money on health care annually.
New Jerseyans spend an average of $6,402 a year on their health, approximately $750 more than the nation average ($5,641). The study also found professional services accounts for about a third of annual spending. This figure amounts to 39.4% of all spending in New Jersey.
Nationally, spending on impatient services accounts for about 19% and outpatient 30% nationally, while a little more than $4 in every $10 spent on health care in New Jersey in 2017 went to inpatient and outpatient services, at 41%.
The Senior List’s study also found the “New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA” metro area as the fourth most expensive place to receive a cesarean-section procedure at $13,830 on average.
Here’s the Top 5 states that spend the most on health care annually, according to the site:
- Alaska, $7,469;
- West Virginia, $6,813;
- South Dakota, $6,733;
- New Hampshire, $6,720;
- Wyoming, $6,695.
And the Top 5 states that spend the least:
- Hawaii, $3,626;
- Utah, $4,499;
- Arkansas, $4,608;
- Kansas, $4,887;
- Maryland, $4,919.
Additional findings include, but are not limited to, that health care spending in the U.S. has increased by 17% since 2013. Americans spend $3.5 trillion annually on health care which accounts for 18% of gross domestic product and spending on prescription drugs nationally has increased 29% since 2013.