Florida, with its medical-care costs well above the national average, is the No. 2 state for medical costs, according to a new study.
The state also has the second-highest number of people who don’t qualify for Medicare and Medicaid, according the survey of more than 1,000 physicians by the nonprofit Institute for Healthcare Improvement, which has been tracking the cost of care in Florida for more than three decades.
The institute is a part of the University of Florida.
In Florida, the cost for all procedures, including surgery and radiotherapy, exceeds $10,000 per person, according a recent report from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation.
That is the second highest in the country.
The average annual medical costs in Florida is $4,908 for a single patient, according Medicare, which provides coverage for about 70 percent of Medicare beneficiaries.
Florida has one of the highest costs of Medicare, averaging $6,869 a year for a family of four, according an analysis of Medicare data by The Associated Press.
Medicare pays about 70% of the total cost of Medicare patients, according To compare medical costs and costs for Medicaid patients, the state’s cost for Medicaid is about 40% of Medicare costs, or $2,200 a month, according figures provided by the state.