New Jersey spends more on healthcare in the last two years of life than any other state, according to the a report by the Fannie E. Rippel Foundation of Morristown, which focuses on health care. Using data compiled by the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, the report says that in 2006-2007 the average amount spent by Medicare recipients on healthcare during the last two years of life was $57,379. That is 28 percent more than the national average of $46,390.
What’s more, New Jersey ranks first in the nation in terms of the components of that high cost — in both inpatient and outpatient reimbursements in the last two years of life, including ICU days, physician visits, specialist visits, and hospital days per decedent.
The report also found that New Jersey is slightly above average when it comes to healthcare in general.