Why the US needs to increase emergency care for patients in West Virginia


— US healthcare spending in West VA is more than $300 billion a year and rising, according to a new study by the National Center for Health Statistics, which provides an annual snapshot of healthcare spending across the United States.

The National Health Expenditure Accounts, which are compiled by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, show the average US hospital costs rose 4% last year to $6,000 per person, up from $5,000 in 2016.

The average hospital stay rose 6% from 2015 to 2019.

While West Virginia is not a large state, it ranks No. 3 among the five largest states in terms of healthcare expenditure and its hospital system is expected to spend more than twice as much in 2020 as the average for the entire nation, according the study.

West Virginia’s healthcare system is one of the poorest in the nation, and it’s also among the poorest regions in the country.

The state has the highest poverty rate in the United