According to the Greater Milwaukee Business Foundation on Health Inc., payments to southeastern Wisconsin hospitals only rose 37% compared to the national average of 75%. This statistic is an important indicator of health spending in Wisconsin, as hospitals care is 30-40% of commercial medical spending. An article describing this study in the July 24, 2014 edition of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel cites increased competition, pressure from health insurers and employers, and the advent of pay for performance as reasons for the decrease.
Aurora was the winner with only a 7% increase from 2003-2012, which was the lowest among all the region’s health systems. However, Wisconsin still has work to do to control health care costs as physician fees in Wisconsin are nearly 50% higher than other areas in the Midwest.