Hospitals in 29 states spent between $2,000 and $3,000 per person, hospitals in four states spent between $3,000 and $4,000, and the District of Columbia spent more than $4,000, according to the 2013 American Hospital Association Hospital Statistics publication. Hospitals in Nevada, Utah and Georgia spent the least per capita, while those in Maine, North Dakota and Massachusetts spent the most.

The Pacific and New England regions charted the biggest growth in spending per capita since 2008 at 16 percent and 14 percent, respectively. The East South Central and West South Central regions saw the smallest growth in the same period, at 3 percent and 6 percent, respectively.

National expense per capita was $2,225, a 9.5 percent increase from $2,058 in 2008. During that time, total population grew by approximately 2.4 percent.

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Coming in October: Emergency Care

Trustee will provide a look at the types of patient triage systems in use in hospital emergency departments.