The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted medical care in countless ways, from postponing elective surgeries to moving many visits online. To shed some light on where people can get quality, affordable care during the current crisis, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2020’s Best & Worst States for Health Care, as well as accompanying videos.
In order to determine where Americans receive the highest-quality services at the best prices, WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 44 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||Worst States for Health Care|
|1. Massachusetts||42. Alaska|
|2. Minnesota||43. Texas|
|3. Rhode Island||44. South Carolina|
|4. District of Columbia||45. Tennessee|
|5. North Dakota||46. Arkansas|
|6. Vermont||47. Mississippi|
|7. Colorado||48. North Carolina|
|8. Iowa||49. Alabama|
|9. Hawaii||50. Louisiana|
|10. South Dakota||51. Georgia|
Best vs. Worst
- Massachusetts has the lowest average monthly health-insurance premium, $398, which is 2.6 times lower than in Vermont, the highest at $1,034.
- California has the highest retention rate for medical residents, 70.60 percent, which is 4.5 times higher than in the District of Columbia, the lowest at 15.70 percent.
- New Hampshire has the lowest number of infant mortalities (per 1,000 live births), four, which is two times lower than in Mississippi, the highest at eight.
- West Virginia has the lowest share of at-risk adults without a routine doctor visit in the past two years, 8.80 percent, which is 1.6 times lower than in California, the highest at 14.50 percent.
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