May 18, 2022

Reference: New Healthy Marketplace Index Tools Reveal Substantial Variation in Commercial Health Care Prices, Utilization by Metro Area

From the Health Care Cost Institute:

Across cities throughout the United States, there is wide variation in the commercial prices and use of the same health care services, according to a new Robert Wood Johnson Foundation-funded interactive report from the Health Care Cost Institute. The analysis uses more than 1.8 billion commercial health care claims and cutting edge data visualization techniques to benchmark both prices and use across 112 metropolitan areas from 2012 to 2016. The report allows users to easily compare price and use levels for three service categories – inpatient, outpatient and professional services – in multiple areas, and changes in price and utilization over time.


This report is the second release from the Healthy Marketplace Index series funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. In an effort to better understand the factors contributing to market-level variation in health care spending, future HMI releases will explore topics such as geographic variation in the prices for specific services, wasteful spending, and provider competition.

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See Also: HCCI Releases 2017 Health Care Cost and Utilization Repo (Feb. 12, 20

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