Healthcare in 15 U.S. states is in critical condition.
Residents of Texas are six times more likely to be without health insurance than residents of Massachusetts. Infant mortality rates are at least twice as high in 13 states than in Vermont, and Georgia has the worst rate of child immunization in the country.
It’s no surprise that healthcare in the U.S. has become a critical issue, not only now. Costs and insurance premiums continue to rise, many Americans end up in debt from medical bills, and healthcare access is limited to millions of people.
The differences vary across state lines. The average cost of a day of hospital inpatient care is three times as high in Oregon than in Montana, and doctors’ offices in Idaho are more understaffed than anywhere else in the nation, according to a study by MoneyRates.
To rank the worst and best states MoneyRates analyzed eight factors using data from the U.S. Census Bureau and the Kaiser Family Foundation. The categories were:
- Health insurance coverage
- Adequacy of nursing care staffing
- Self-reported health status
- Adequacy of medical office staffing
- Child immunization coverage
- Hospital affordability
- Infant mortality rates
- Health insurance affordability
- Crisis management and capacity for emergencies
MoneyRates ranked each category and then based the overall rankings on the average of rankings across all categories. But with a high focus on crisis management right now.
Based on their study, these are the worts and best states for healthcare. Ranks are from 1 (very good) to 51 (very bad).