NC second worst in nation for health care

Source: WalletHub

North Carolina ranks second to last for access to medical care, according to a study by WalletHub.

According to the CDC, 87.6 percent of the nation’s population has a regular place to go for medical care. But the cost and service quality of that care can vary widely from state to state. The overall health of the population, more advanced medical equipment and a general lack of awareness regarding the best types of treatment, for instance, can all affect costs. Today, the average American spends more than $10,000 per year on personal health care, according to the most recent estimates from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. That’s about 17.9 percent of the U.S. GDP.

But higher costs don’t necessarily translate to better results. According to a study by the Kaiser Family Foundation, the U.S. lags behind several other wealthy nations on several measures, such as health coverage, life expectancy and disease burden, which measures longevity and quality of life. However, the U.S. has improved in giving more healthcare access for people in worse health, and healthcare cost growth has slowed somewhat.

Conditions aren’t uniform across the U.S., though. To determine where Americans receive the best and worst health care, WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 43 measures of cost, accessibility and outcome. Read on for our findings, expert insight on the future of American health care and a full description of our methodology.

North Carolina? It ranked 50th, ahead of only Alaska.

Virginia, the highest-ranked Southern state, ranked 21st. South Carolina ranked 48th.

Here is the breakdown:

States with Best Health Care Systems

Overall Rank
(1 = Best)
State Total Score ‘Cost’ Rank ‘Access’ Rank ‘Outcomes’ Rank
1 Minnesota 63.79 2 4 9
2 Massachusetts 62.33 35 2 1
3 Rhode Island 62.12 11 5 6
4 District of Columbia 61.38 1 3 26
5 Vermont 60.13 5 34 4
6 New Hampshire 59.80 40 8 2
7 Hawaii 59.64 8 36 5
8 Maine 58.44 38 1 13
9 North Dakota 58.21 3 9 22
10 Iowa 57.27 15 17 14
11 Colorado 56.77 47 12 3
12 Maryland 56.71 4 21 23
13 Connecticut 56.44 44 11 7
14 Kansas 56.05 7 16 27
15 Pennsylvania 55.70 13 13 25
16 Wisconsin 55.46 45 6 10
17 Montana 55.44 21 19 18
18 South Dakota 55.15 17 15 24
19 Utah 55.12 32 41 8
20 Michigan 55.09 6 18 30
21 Virginia 54.63 25 35 12
22 Nebraska 53.64 43 10 17
23 New Jersey 53.39 14 30 28
24 New York 52.26 29 24 29
25 Ohio 52.22 10 22 37
26 Illinois 52.20 24 23 32
27 Wyoming 52.14 36 37 16
28 Idaho 52.02 30 43 19
29 Delaware 51.79 42 27 21
30 California 51.19 39 42 20
31 New Mexico 50.95 19 31 36
32 Washington 49.85 48 44 11
33 Oregon 49.43 49 29 15
34 Indiana 49.29 9 38 40
35 Kentucky 49.11 16 14 47
36 Tennessee 48.05 18 32 42
37 Missouri 47.50 31 25 41
38 Nevada 47.37 22 47 39
39 Florida 47.37 34 46 35
40 West Virginia 47.35 41 7 45
41 Arizona 46.74 37 48 34
42 Alabama 46.59 12 45 46
43 Texas 45.94 28 51 38
44 Louisiana 44.50 33 20 49
45 Oklahoma 44.47 26 39 48
46 Georgia 44.45 23 49 44
47 Arkansas 43.48 20 33 50
48 South Carolina 42.96 46 40 43
49 Mississippi 42.76 27 28 51
50 North Carolina 42.63 50 50 33
51 Alaska 42.21 51 26 31
August 5th, 2019 by
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