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Healthcare Costs and Workforce in South Dakota

Costs for Common Procedures

Rapid City Regional Hospital is comparable to Sanford USD Medical Center and Avera McKennan Hospital & University in Sioux Falls.  The cost for procedures at Rapid City Regional Hospital is often higher, but this price correlates to a longer hospital stay.  Rapid City Regional Hospital has a lower number of discharges than either of the Sioux Falls facilities.

To compare costs for different surgeries, visit the South Dakota Hospital Price Point System and select the procedure and hospitals you would like to compare. 

Costs for Long-term Care

Average cost of a semi-private nursing home room is $199 per day or over $72,600 per year as of 2014.  Average stay is 2.5 years, so total average cost is $181,600.

These figures come from South Dakota’s Long-Term Care Partnership Program

Affordable Care Act 

Medicaid and CHIP are available based on eligibility for children in South Dakota.  At this time, South Dakota has not opened Medicaid up to low-income adults according to information from Medicaid.  

The Affordable Care Act requires people to have health insurance or they are penalized come tax time. 

Healthcare Workforce

Sanford Health employs more than 27,000 people and includes 43 hospitals and 243 clinics in 9 states and 3 countries.  That makes Sanford Health the largest employer in the Dakotas.

Avera has more than 300 care locations within 82 communities in 5 states.  Avera is primarily located in Western South Dakota including Sioux Falls, Mitchell, and Yankton, among other communities.

Rapid City Regional Hospital operates in 20 communities within two states.  This is the largest private employer in western South Dakota with nearly 5,000 physicians and caregivers.

The South Dakota Department of Health comprised the 2013 Healthcare Workforce Report, showing the need for healthcare workers has steadily increased since record keeping began in 1972.  The demand within the industry is driven by general population growth, aging population, and replenishing the retiring healthcare workforce among other factors.  From 2010 – 2020 it is anticipated that 14% of new jobs will be in the healthcare sector. 

Sources and Other Information

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