Michigan ranks among top 10 best states for medical costs, study says

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(CBS DETROIT) - Healthcare costs can vary drastically depending on the state. 

To determine which states are the best for medical costs, Universal Drugstore, an international prescription service provider, looked at factors including the average cost of an ER visit, hospital stay and childbirth, the most expensive surgical procedures, the rate of access to medical care and which states have the highest rates of people avoiding receiving care due to costs.

The following is a list of the top 10 best states for medical costs, according to the study:

  1. North Dakota
  2. Iowa
  3. Maine
  4. Vermont
  5. Montana
  6. Minnesota
  7. Wisconsin
  8. Michigan
  9. Massachusetts
  10. South Dakota

The findings show that, on average, Michiganders pay $1,273 for an ER visit and $12,065 for a hospital stay. In addition, the average cost of childbirth in Michigan is $12,711, and the rate of residents who avoid medical care due to its costs is 7.9%. 

The best state for medical costs was North Dakota, with the average cost of an ER visit being $1,245 and the average hospital stay cost at $8,136. Conversely, Texas ranked as the worst state for medical expenses, as residents pay an average of $2,318 for an ER visit and 13,154 for a hospital stay. 

The following is a list of the 10 worst states for medical costs: 

  1. Texas
  2. Florida
  3. Nevada
  4. Arizona
  5. California
  6. New Jersey
  7. Colorado
  8. South Carolina
  9. Washington D.C.
  10. Missouri

For more information on how the rankings were determined and to see the full study, visit here.

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