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Medical Care Expenses


Medical Care Expenses

What does this measure?

Total Medical Expenses (TME) measures all spending on medical care paid to health care providers, per patient per month.

Why is this important?

Medical spending is a major component of total health care spending, which is a growing part of the national and local economy. This fuels increased employment in this sector but can also crowd out spending for other priorities, from education to infrastructure to the environment.

How is our county doing?

Medical spending in Essex was $524 per member, per month in 2017, slightly higher than 2016 and below a statewide medical spending of $630.

Spending levels were highest in the towns of Boxford ($1,056), Hamilton ($931) and Danvers ($840) and lowest in the towns of Essex ($439) and Wenham ($449) and the City of Lawrence ($366).

How do we compare to similar counties?

Medical spending in Essex was lower than Middlesex County ($627 per member per month). Comparable data was not available for Lake, IL and Westchester, NY.

Notes about the data

Figures are in constant 2017 dollars. Earlier and later years were not available. Data is collected from commercial and public payers for commercial full claims, commercial partial claims, Medicaid and Commonwealth Care Managed Care Organizations (MCO), and Medicare Advantage health insurance categories.

Medical Care Expenses
20132014201520162017
Massachusetts$449$455$590$611$610
Essex County, MA$466$468$528$516$524
Andover$455$454$470$474$476
Boxford$445$474$1,216$1,069$1,056
Danvers$470$480$1,226$832$840
Essex$545$464$439$442$439
Georgetown$464$470$426$448$506
Groveland$434$414$409$458$470
Hamilton$409$416$895$1,072$931
Ipswich$449$472$473$496$511
Lynnfield$485$481$514$526$543
Manchester$431$412$413$462$483
Marblehead$453$488$472$456$479
Merrimac$493$458$480$482$492
Middleton$495$498$519$529$527
Nahant$502$593$559$546$600
Newbury$449$421$473$433$507
North Andover$429$427$461$477$493
Rockport$537$484$467$483$462
Rowley$426$437$471$508$493
Salisbury$540$584$578$551$543
Saugus$468$518$519$512$559
Swampscott$510$493$490$545$537
Topsfield$420$456$461$443$467
Wenham$453$414$433$419$449
West Newbury$475$467$441$459$521
Amesbury$488$490$477$472$499
Middlesex County, MA$452$459$593$606$627
Beverly$468$470$479$476$515
Gloucester$493$502$489$494$531
Haverhill$476$469$480$503$490
Lawrence$377$387$380$381$366
Lynn$459$464$492$485$473
Methuen$484$480$484$501$486
Newburyport$461$448$462$483$515
Peabody$498$483$522$520$540
Salem$487$489$473$477$489

Source: Massachusetts Center for Health Information and Analysis
Notes: Figures are in constant 2017 dollars.








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