Health & Family

Some Carolinas cities report lower health costs

North Carolina and South Carolina are home to five of the top 32 cities in which health costs have actually decreased in recent years, according to a study by BetterDoctor, an online consumer health site. The report ranked cities based on an analysis of Medicare cost data from 2011 to 2013. North Carolina cities include Greensboro, with a decrease of 3.52 percent; Winston-Salem, with a decrease of 2.14 percent; Asheville, down 1.79 percent; and Raleigh, down 0.49 percent. In South Carolina, Columbia’s costs decreased 0.13 percent. Karen Garloch