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Federal Report Shows Utah Spends the Least on Healthcare

Andrea Smardon

Utahns spend less on health care than anyone else in the country. That’s according to new data from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis.

The bureau released its first set of statistics this week on personal consumption expenditures by state from 1997 to 2014. Last year, the largest contributors to the growth in total spending were housing, utilities, and health care. Average per capita spending on health care across the country was more than $6,000 per year. But in Utah, with the nation’s lowest average age, healthcare spending was $4,500.

Utahns also spent the third least on food and beverages for home consumption – about $2,400 per year. Utah generally spends less on personal consumption than the rest of the country, but the Beehive State’s growth rate on that spending is higher than the national average.

Andrea Smardon is new at KUER, but she has worked in public broadcasting for more than a decade. Most recently, she worked as a reporter and news announcer for WGBH radio. While in Boston, she produced stories for Morning Edition, Marketplace Money, and The World. Her print work was published in The Boston Globe and Prior to that, she worked at Seattleââ
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