New Heath Care Study

A new study released today gives some reasons why health care costs are high in Wisconsin.

The study released by the Wisconsin Policy Research Institute found about 51 percent of Wisconsin adults with health insurance get their primary coverage through the public sector.

The study says that contributes to the state's high health care costs. The study's author, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee professor Sam White, says the state's low rate of reimbursement from the federal government for Medicaid and Medicare compounds the problem.

He says the low reimbursement rate means Wisconsin health care providers have to make up those costs with higher charges. Publicly provided insurance also tends to have more generous coverage than private insurance, and it often contains fewer cost-sharing elements.

The study found that results in greater use of health care services and contributes to higher prices.