New data released by the Obama administration are painting a harsh picture of over-the-top health spending, particularly in South Florida.
The Medicare program spent $9,539 per beneficiary nationally in 2011, but here in Palm Beach County, where there are 175,000 Medicare recipients, the program spent an average of 28 percent more per person, or an average of $12,245 each, according to data released this week. The region’s place as a retirement haven only explained part of the picture.
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Number of Medicare beneficiaries:
Palm Beach County: 175,000
U.S.: 33.7 million
Percent with high blood pressure:
Palm Beach County: 59.1
Percent with diabetes:
Palm Beach County: 29.1
Percent with chronic kidney disease:
Palm Beach County: 16.7
Percent with heart failure:
Palm Beach County: 15.9
Percent with Alzheimer’s and related diagnoses:
Palm Beach County: 11.9
Percent with osteoporosis:
Palm Beach County: 11.3
Source: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.