Finkelstein 2004 - "State-Level Estimates of Annual Medical Expenditures Attributable to Obesity"

Finkelstein, Eric A; Fiebelkorn, Ian C; Wang, Guijing
"State-Level Estimates of Annual Medical Expenditures Attributable to Obesity"
Obesity Research
January 2004; v.12, n.1; pp.18-24
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Beginning with their earlier estimates of the national medical expenditures on obesity, the authors use BRFSS data from 1998-2000 to estimate the state-level expenditures.  Idaho spent $227 million; Oregon, $781 million; and Washington, $1330 million.  In the first study, they found: "Annual U.S. obesity-attributable medical expenditures are estimated at $75 billion in 2003 dollars, and approximately one-half of these expenditures are financed by Medicare and Medicaid.

The medical expenditures for northwest states were (in 2003)

  • Idaho:
    • $227 million (5.3%) for the total population
    • $40 million (5.6%) for the Medicare population
    • $69 million (12.0%) for the Medicaid population
  • Oregon:
    • $781 million (5.7%) for the total population
    • $145 million (6.0%) for the Medicare population
    • $180 million (8.8%) for the Medicaid population
  • Washington
    • $1330 million (5.4%) for the total population
    • $236 million (6.0%) for the Medicare population
    • $365 million (9.9%) for the Medicaid population

Caveat because the estimates have large standard errors, "these estimates should not be used to make comparisons across states or among payers within states."

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