A new report by the New Hampshire Center for Public Policy Studies says the health care industry plays growing role in the state’s economy, and is one of the leading sources of jobs, especially in rural areas.
The report says that by 2016, health care could account for one out of every nine jobs in the state.
The group notes that health insurance premiums for families and couples are higher in New Hampshire than the national average, while premiums for single people are roughly the same.
Spending on hospitals increased by almost one half -- $1.4 billion -- from 2000 to 2007, while spending on physician services rose by more than one third -- $600 million -- from 2000 to 2007.
The report also shows that in 2007, about half of the money to pay for personal health care came from private sources, such as health insurance, and half came from public tax sources, such as Medicare and Medicaid.