Rhinelander Healthcare Costs Rank Average Statewide

Dec 18, 2013

Rhinelander health care premiums are falling somewhere in the middle as compared to the rest of the state.  That’s according to a new report from progressive group Citizen Action of Wisconsin.  It compares health insurance rates in different regions statewide.

It finds Madison tends to rank lowest, while the highest premiums are found in the Milwaukee area and in far Northwestern Wisconsin. 

The group’s executive director, Robert Kraig says the Rhinelander area lands somewhere in the middle, in a state with high premiums across the board. 

“It’s had about average health insurance inflation since 2000, which is still very high – 196 percent.  It is above average in cost though, in the large group market.”

Kraig also notes that more insurance plans available in a given area…doesn’t necessarily mean lower cost.

“Wisconsin is an above average state in healthcare costs, and has a lot more plans and providers than most other states – Minnesota has fewer and has lower costs.  There is at this point not a strong correlation between number of providers and lower cost.”   

The report examined premiums in each category of insurance market: large group, small group and individual plans.