Alaska health care prices top nation


by Your Alaska Link News Team

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A new study says health care prices in four Alaska cities are the costliest in the nation.

Reports say Juneau was the costliest listed in the report released last week by the Council for Community and Economic Research.

Second on the list was Fairbanks, follow by Kodiak. Anchorage was fourth on the list, followed by Everett, Wash., and Boston.

The national research council measured 300 cities based on average 2013 prices for visits with physicians, dentists and optometrists.

The report says the average cost for a full vision eye exam in Anchorage was $166.

That's almost 72 percent higher than the national average. Some health care professionals blame Anchorage's high prices on the steep cost of such things as shipping, salaries and rents.