A new report finds hospitals in Washington, DC are spending more money on medical care than the states average.
The Kaiser Family Foundation analyzed health care spending from 2011-2015 and found that hospitals in the Washington area spent an average of $9,871 per capita in 2016 compared to the state average of about $5,300 per capita.
The difference in spending per capita was most dramatic in the Northeast.
For every $1 increase in the state’s per capita spending, the Washington Hospital Association said in a report it spent $3.20 more per patient.
In fact, the report found that the Washington Association of Health Plans spent $1.2 billion on health care in 2016, compared to $1 billion in the District of Columbia.
The hospital association’s report comes amid a nationwide trend toward spending less on health services.
Last year, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released the first annual national survey of hospitals, which found hospitals were spending the most on care in the country, with an average per capita spend of $13,000.
In 2016, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a report that found hospitals in each state spend more per capita on health benefits than average.