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Medicare spends vastly different amounts to care for its enrollees depending on where they live, and growth rates vary dramatically across U.S. states and regions. The data show average age-sex-race adjusted Medicare spending per enrollee by state and by hospital referral regions for 1992 and 2006 and the average annual growth rate for the period 1992 to 2006. 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.

Graphic and text by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Source: The Dartmouth Atlas Project at the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice.

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