Special Report

This Is How Much Florida Spends on Your Health

The U.S. healthcare system operates differently from many others in the world, characterized by high costs for the individual. In fact, it is because of the higher prices of medications, treatments, and hospital procedures that the U.S. spends more on health care per capita than any other developed country in the world, a 2019 Johns Hopkins report found.

Though expensive, the health care cost is to a large extent covered by the government. In 2019, 29.0% of all health-related spending in the U.S. was paid for by the federal government. A slightly lower share, 28.4%, was paid for by households. State and local governments covered 16.1% of the total cost.

State governments spent $885 billion on health care, or $2,696 per person, in 2018, the latest year for which state and local data is available. Due to different budget priorities and needs, local government health care spending varies considerably by state. Per-capita health care spending ranges from less than $1,100 to more than $3,600.

Florida spent $1,451 per capita on its residents’ health in 2018, the eighth lowest amount of money of all states.

Florida’s health expenditure budget in 2018 totaled $31.2 billion. The state’s health budget covers partial Medicaid coverage, state-run hospitals and university medical schools, and other health expenses and programs addressing needs such as community wellness, substance abuse, health inspection, and pollution control.

In 2018, states allocated between 17% and 39% of their total budgets to health care costs. Florida spent 32.0%, the 14th highest health spending as a share of all state spending.

In every state, the largest portion of overall health care spending is allocated to public welfare programs. Such programs include Medicare and Medicaid, two government-funded health insurance programs that offer coverage to the elderly, the disabled, and people with low incomes.

Florida allocated in 2018 82.5% of its health budget to public welfare, the 10th lowest share, or $1,197 per capita. States across the country allocate an average of 66.0% of their total health spending, or $1,778 per person, to public welfare programs.

People living with disabilities and those 65 and older are the ones who most commonly need health care and receive state Medicaid spending. Florida’s 65 and over adults comprise 20.9% of the state’s population, the second highest share and compared to 16.5% across the U.S. as a whole. About 13.7% of Florida’s population have a disability, the 19th highest share in the country and compared to 12.7% nationwide.

To identify how much each state spends on your health, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed the detailed health care expenditures by state governments provided by the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2018 Annual Survey of State and Local Finances. This is how much the government of every state spends per resident. This is how much the government of every state spends per resident.

 

State State spending on health per capita Health spending as % of total spending Population 65 and older Population with a disability
South Dakota $1,046 17.7% 17.4% 12.6%
Nebraska $1,203 20.9% 16.1% 12.0%
Georgia $1,262 26.0% 14.3% 12.6%
Nevada $1,272 22.5% 16.2% 12.3%
Connecticut $1,371 17.4% 17.6% 11.9%
Idaho $1,380 23.6% 16.2% 13.7%
New Hampshire $1,450 22.1% 18.6% 13.1%
Florida $1,451 32.0% 20.9% 13.7%
Illinois $1,504 20.6% 16.1% 11.5%
Texas $1,509 29.0% 12.9% 11.5%
North Carolina $1,588 27.3% 16.7% 13.2%
Tennessee $1,623 33.0% 16.7% 15.5%
Oklahoma $1,676 26.2% 16.1% 16.1%
Arizona $1,676 29.7% 18.0% 13.2%
Colorado $1,680 25.8% 14.7% 10.6%
Utah $1,712 25.1% 11.4% 9.3%
Wyoming $1,817 16.9% 17.1% 13.4%
North Dakota $1,849 19.5% 15.8% 11.4%
Alabama $1,859 26.9% 17.4% 15.9%
Indiana $1,894 30.6% 16.1% 13.5%
Michigan $1,900 24.9% 17.7% 14.3%
Virginia $1,944 29.4% 15.9% 12.2%
South Carolina $1,966 28.9% 18.2% 14.2%
Maine $1,986 28.9% 21.3% 16.2%
Maryland $2,028 26.5% 15.9% 11.2%
Wisconsin $2,098 29.0% 17.5% 11.8%
Washington $2,110 27.7% 15.9% 12.7%
New Jersey $2,142 24.1% 16.6% 10.3%
Montana $2,192 30.0% 19.5% 13.5%
Missouri $2,217 38.9% 17.2% 14.7%
Kansas $2,257 33.6% 16.4% 13.5%
West Virginia $2,345 27.4% 20.5% 19.8%
Pennsylvania $2,370 29.6% 18.7% 14.0%
Oregon $2,375 25.4% 18.2% 14.7%
Hawaii $2,401 24.9% 19.0% 11.9%
Vermont $2,430 21.3% 20.1% 15.1%
Iowa $2,434 32.2% 17.5% 11.8%
Minnesota $2,436 27.7% 16.3% 10.8%
Arkansas $2,522 33.8% 17.4% 17.5%
Ohio $2,527 33.2% 17.5% 14.0%
Mississippi $2,561 34.9% 16.4% 16.8%
Louisiana $2,621 34.7% 16.0% 15.9%
Rhode Island $2,890 32.3% 17.7% 13.1%
Kentucky $2,919 36.2% 16.9% 17.9%
Delaware $2,988 29.1% 19.5% 13.8%
Massachusetts $3,082 31.5% 17.0% 11.5%
California $3,109 32.7% 14.8% 10.6%
Alaska $3,150 19.2% 12.4% 11.7%
New Mexico $3,405 33.3% 18.0% 16.0%
New York $3,698 33.7% 16.9% 11.6%