Alaska Rated Most Expensive for Heathcare

Posted: March 28, 2014 at 12:01 pm

The Council for Community and Economic Research studied 300 cities across the country and found 4 Alaskan cities to be the most expensive for healthcare.

 

Juneau was ranked #1, followed by Fairbanks, Kodiak and Anchorage.

 

Kenai and Homer weren’t included in the list, but at the recent Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meeting, Nikiski representative Wayne Ogle said Borough residents travel to Anchorage for financial relief…

 

Asm. Ogle(Nikiski): “There is a feeling that our community hospital is becoming too expensive and now that we have very large deductible that people have to face, I have a friend that has a $10,000 deductible, so just about anything they do – procedures, anything – is coming out of their pocket, so they’re very concerned about that.”

 

Bob Letson, CEO of South Peninsula Hospital in Homer, agreed that costs are high and that they’re getting higher with the implementation of the President’s new health care…

 

Letson: “The Affordable Care Act has changed first of all insurance policies, as you know, in terms or pre-existing conditions and deductibles. So it’s impacted the cost of our employee health program, which in some ways is an advantage to citizens, but it has increased our costs.”

 

Borough Mayor Mike Navarre said he was concerned with South Peninsula Hospital’s financial situation…

 

KPB Mayor Navarre: “I’m pretty concerned that we’re seeing an increase in actual expenses, but an increase in projected revenues that is not realistic and it’s not sustainable, and absent the contribution to operations that is being made by the mill levy at the service area, this hospital would be under water. So it’s something that I’m concerned with, and the mill rate is already fairly significant, so I don’t know if that’s an option.”

 

Alaska’s expensive healthcare has been blamed on the costs of shipping, higher cost of living for hospital employees and higher rents.

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4 Comments to “Alaska Rated Most Expensive for Heathcare”

  • A visit to the ER for a minor problem now cost about $2,000 and can skyrocket from there very rapidly. All you get for your $2,000 is 5 minutes with a nurse and 5 minutes with a doctor and sit around and wait 2 or 3 hours for 10 minutes of service.

  • Tim says:

    “Alaska’s expensive healthcare has been blamed on the costs of shipping, higher cost of living for hospital employees and higher rents.”

    With that being said…Why is Hawaii not on this list?

  • Steve Wright says:

    Sat. 3/29/14 1st of All this is NOT New. Everyone on the Peninsula already knows that any service or procedure performed at a Hospital is going to $Cost$ much more than it should. Thats Common Knowledge.

    Feb. 16th,2012 Alaska Journal of Commerce by Tim Bradner provided Documented PROOF that Alaska has the $Highest Medical Cost$ of All 50 States.

    Central Pen. Hospital states Publically of $Millions of Dollars$ in Profits last year 2013. If a Patient request verbally a 25% Discount for all account payments within the 1st 30 days. $1000′s of Hospital Dollars are donated to local causes & vendors.

    All of which PROVE that Our Hospital is literately $Rolling in the Money$.

    Is it not the Duty of a Corporation & Board of Directors to Return the $Profits Earned$ to the Share Holders of that Corporation ? We the Residents of the Central Kenai Peninsula have already PAID for OUR HOSPITAL thru DECADES of PERSONAL PROPERTY TAXES. We are the ShareHolders.

    Return those Hospital Profits to the Residents that OWN THE HOSPITAL in the form of Discounts & lower Medical Cost for the Residents of the Central Kenai Peninsula & STOP GOUGING US w/ the Highest Medical Cost of All 50 States. SPW in Sloooooowdotna

  • jim says:

    If Parnell hadn’t refused Medicaid Expansion costs would have been less.

    As it is, Parnell says he’s going to take care of those who fail to qualify. He’s got no plan.

    Since he isn’t taking care of those people, the hospitals have to pay for those people, and then rates go up for everyone else.

    Medicaid Expansion would cut costs to the hospital, but no, Parnell thinks it’s a better idea to play games pandering to the tea party wing nuts.

    So don’t complain about higher costs, you voted for Parnell. You got what you deserved for voting for Parnell.

    What? You’re not happy now? Should have thought about that before voting for Parnell.