Data shows how much Louisiana spends on 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.

Louisiana spent $2,621 per capita on its residents’ health in 2018, the ninth highest amount of money of all states.




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