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Health care costs not bad in Atlanta

We're under the national average

Health care isn't all that expensive in Atlanta, according to a new report by the Institute of Medicine. We're under the national average.

The report evaluated geographic variation in health care spending levels and growth in those on Medicare, Medicaid, private insurance, and the number of people who are not insured.

Here are the 10 most expensive health care markets and the difference in monthly spending compared to the national average:

  1. Miami, FL $435
  2. McAllen, Texas $266
  3. Monroe, LA $229
  4. Houston $189
  5. Alexandria, LA $180
  6. Lafayette, LA $177
  7. Shreveport, LA $174
  8. Baton Rouge, LA $172
  9. Fort Lauderdale, FL $172
  10. Metairie, LA $163

Atlanta is $27 under the national average.