First – and worst when it comes to healthcare in California
August 7, 2017
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With some politicians raising concerns about the possible collapse of individual insurance markets while Republicans are back to the drawing board on health care reform, the personal-finance website WalletHub says it wanted to figure out which states have the best – and worst – medical care.
It turns out that California scores first in the nation – and worst in the nation in WalletHub’s in-depth analysis.
Health Care in California
(1 = Best; 25 = Average)
1st – Percent of medical residents retained
10th – Dentists per capita
24th – Physicians per capita
27th – Percent of adults with no dental visit in past year
30th – Average monthly insurance premium
33rd – Percent of insured children aged 0 to 17
37th – Percent of insured adults aged 18 to 64
44th – Hospital beds per capita
48th – Physician Medicare-acceptance rate
50th – Percent of at-risk adults with no routine doctor visit in past two years
When all the data are sorted, California ends up in the middle – 25th overall, putting the Golden State behind New Jersey and ahead of Washington State.
Dead last is Louisiana. Ranking best overall is Hawaii.
About the research
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.