The report based on the data, analysed health insurance costs of metropolitan areas in the United States. It also looked at the amount of money Americans spend on their employer-sponsored health care plans on a city-by-city basis.
The data shows that the nation's capital, Washington DC, spends the most for health care out of any city in the country. On the opposite side of the spectrum, the less-populated Ogden, UT has the lowest health insurance costs.
The study shows that larger, more populated cities tend to have higher health care costs. The three largest metropolitan areas of the United States: New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago, are all on the top ten list for highest amount spent on health insurance.
SelfHealthInsurance.com says that a major reason big cities spend a lot on health care is because of the first-rate medical care offered in these cities. The best hospitals are located in major metropolitan areas and people with serious illness, and rare diseases flock to these medical centers for treatment.
Secondary reasons cited for high health care costs in major cities include pollution and stress. The study says that in big cities smog and pollutants tend to stay in the air longer and therefore wreck havoc on its residents. The stresses of big city life and also play a role in increasing the amount spent on healthcare.