With federal leaders back to the drawing board on health care reform, the personal-finance website WalletHub conducted an in-depth analysis of state-level care in 2017’s Best & Worst States for Health Care.
In order to determine where Americans receive the highest-quality services at the best prices, WalletHub’s analysts compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 35 key measures of health care cost, accessibility and outcome. The data set ranges from average monthly insurance premium to physicians per capita to share of insured population.
Best States for Health Care
4. New Hampshire
5. District of Columbia
7. South Dakota
10. Rhode Island
Worst States for Health Care
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45. South Carolina
47. North Carolina
Best vs. Worst
- Arizona has the lowest average monthly health-insurance premium, $279, which is 2.7 times lower than in Alaska, registering the highest at $740.
- The District of Columbia has the highest number of professionally active physicians (per 100,000 residents), 1,008, which is 5.8 times higher than in Idaho, registering the lowest at 175.
- California has the highest retention rate for medical residents, 69.8 percent, which is 4.5 times higher than in the District of Columbia, registering the lowest at 15.4 percent.
- New Hampshire has the lowest number of infant mortalities (per 1,000 live births), four, which is 2.3 times lower than in Mississippi, registering the highest at nine.
- Minnesota has the lowest share of adults who have had a stroke, 1.9 percent, which is 2.3 times lower than in Alabama, registering the highest at 4.3 percent.
- West Virginia has the lowest share of at-risk adults without a routine doctor visit in the past two years, 8.4 percent, which is two times lower than in Utah, registering the highest at 17.2 percent.
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