North Carolina Ranked 2021’s 5th Worst State for Health Care

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With the Average American spending more than $11,000 per year on personal health care, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2021’s Best & Worst States for Health Care.

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 the average monthly insurance premium to physicians per capita to the share of insured population.

According to the report, North Carolina ranked 47th overall with the following breakdown:

Health Care in North Carolina (1=Best; 25=Avg.):

  • 38th – Avg. Monthly Insurance Premium
  • 43rd – Hospital Beds per Capita
  • 29th – Physicians per Capita
  • 20th – Dentists per Capita
  • 43rd – % of Insured Adults
  • 30th – % of Insured Children
  • 34th – % of Adults with No Dental Visit in Past Year
  • 34th – % of Medical Residents Retained
  • 35th – % of Residents Age 12+ Initiating Vaccination

States with Best Health Care Systems

Overall Rank  State Total Score  Cost  Access  Outcomes 
1 Massachusetts 67.73 24 1 1
2 Rhode Island 67.08 4 5 8
3 Minnesota 66.39 2 7 9
4 Hawaii 64.90 10 18 2
5 Maryland 64.68 1 9 19
6 Vermont 63.22 34 4 6
7 Colorado 62.75 22 17 3
8 Iowa 62.27 3 26 11
9 Connecticut 62.11 40 6 5
10 South Dakota 61.43 9 13 20
11 New Hampshire 60.30 35 19 7
12 Pennsylvania 60.06 18 8 26
13 District of Columbia 60.01 5 3 39
14 New Jersey 59.28 20 12 21
15 Maine 59.02 42 2 23
16 Virginia 58.94 13 35 12
17 North Dakota 58.34 7 23 32
18 Michigan 57.91 6 29 31
19 Delaware 57.87 39 11 15
20 Kansas 57.67 11 25 28
21 New York 57.60 29 10 25
22 Illinois 57.39 28 15 22
23 California 57.11 38 16 17
24 Utah 56.93 23 47 4
25 Wisconsin 56.75 43 20 13
26 Montana 56.70 8 34 29
27 Nebraska 56.62 36 21 18
28 New Mexico 54.92 16 30 36
29 Indiana 54.32 15 27 37
30 Kentucky 53.95 12 14 46
31 Oregon 53.38 50 22 10
32 Ohio 53.31 21 28 38
33 Idaho 53.10 19 45 27
33 Washington 53.10 46 37 16
35 Tennessee 50.47 26 31 44
36 Alaska 50.36 51 24 14
37 Arizona 49.88 27 49 33
38 Florida 49.80 41 44 30
39 Texas 49.64 45 42 34
40 Georgia 49.15 32 36 42
41 South Carolina 48.65 31 38 43
42 Missouri 48.25 37 41 41
43 Nevada 48.23 25 46 40
44 West Virginia 47.90 30 32 47
45 Wyoming 47.90 47 51 24
46 Oklahoma 47.66 33 40 45
47 North Carolina 47.09 49 43 35
48 Mississippi 45.50 17 33 51
49 Arkansas 44.89 14 50 50
50 Louisiana 44.64 44 39 48
51 Alabama 41.46 48 48 49

Note: With the exception of “Total Score,” all of the columns in the table above depict the relative rank of that state, where a rank of 1 represents the best conditions for that metric category.

For the full report, you can click here.

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