Florida has the highest per capita health care spending in the country, according to a new report released Monday.
The report by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) found Florida’s total per capita spending on health care in 2017 was $3,836 for every man, woman and child, or about 20% more than the national average.
In 2018, Florida spent $1,932 for every person, $4,000 for every family and $4.70 for every single person.
For Florida’s Medicaid and CHIP programs, which cover about a quarter of the state’s population, the report found Florida spent about $8,300 per person in 2018.
The average annual per capita expenditure in 2018 was $4 , the CBO report said.
The state spends about $1.60 per person on health insurance in Florida, according the report.
The state’s uninsured rate, at 8.4%, is well below the national rate of 11.7%, the report said, citing data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The data from 2018 shows that nearly 6.5 million people in Florida are covered by the state-run Medicaid program.
The report also found that more than 11 million people are eligible for coverage under the federal HealthCare.gov health care exchange.
The new report is based on data from November 2018 through March 2019.
In the next decade, Florida will spend about $7.7 billion to maintain and expand its Medicaid program, the CBO said.
The Florida legislature will vote in November on a $1 billion package to expand Medicaid eligibility and funding.
That bill is scheduled to be debated next month by the House of Representatives and Senate.