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Kansas Hospitals Spending More Per Patient

WICHITA, Kan. (KNS/KMUW) – Kansas hospital spending rose faster than the U.S. overall in the first year of the pandemic. And that could lead to higher health insurance premiums.

The Kansas News Service reports that hospitals in Kansas spent an average of $2,200 per-patient per-day in 2020, a 13% increase from the year before. A new report by LendingTree finds that exceeded the national average increase of 9%.

Chad Austin is the president and CEO of the Kansas Hospital Association. “As we went through the pandemic, there were additional costs related to having the appropriate supplies and personal protective equipment, prescription drug costs and also workforce costs,” he said.

Those costs could mean bigger bills and ultimately higher insurance premiums. Kansas premiums rose 14% between 2016 and 2020.