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FL Spending on Drugs, Doctors High

Florida rates in the top 10 on spending per-person for prescription drugs and doctor visits, according to a Wall Street Journalanalysis of federal health data by state.

On drugs, Florida ranked fourth among the states at an average $1,213 per person. On clinicians' visits, Florida spending was No. 6, at an average of $1,950.  This state was also high on durable medical equipment.

But Florida was slightly below average on per-person hospital, home-health and nursing-home spending, the chart shows.

Overall, health spending in Florida was $7,156 compared to the national average of $6,815. The analysis was based on 2009 data, the most recent available.

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