This interactive map demonstrates a vexing issue facing policymakers as they struggle with the cost of health care: Medicare spending for its enrollees has been growing at vastly different rates depending on where they live. The data show average age-sex-race adjusted Medicare spending per enrollee by hospital regions for 2000 and 2007. Hospital referral regions represent regional health care markets for tertiary medical care. The data from the Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services is a 5 percent sample of Medicare spending for people over 65 years old and not enrolled in HMOs. LAUNCH MAP
Graphic: The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Source: Dartmouth Atlas Project at the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice. Growth rate calculations conducted by Kaiser Health News.