North Carolina Was Just Ranked The 2nd Worst State in America for Health Care

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With the Affordable Care Act remaining in effect and the CDC reporting that over 87 percent of the population has a regular place to go for medical care, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2019’s Best & Worst States for Health Care.

In order to determine where Americans receive the highest-quality services at the best prices, the site compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 43 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.

North Carolina was ranked 50th overall in the nation and;

  • 45th – Avg. Monthly Insurance Premium
  • 42nd – Hospital Beds per Capita
  • 26th – Physicians per Capita
  • 24th – Dentists per Capita
  • 35th – Physician Medicare-Acceptance Rate
  • 40th – % of Insured Adults
  • 29th – % of Insured Children
  • 32nd – % of Adults with No Dental Visit in Past Year
  • 34th – % of Medical Residents Retained

The only state to have a worst health care system, according to the report, was Alaska. The Tar Heel state ranked just behind Mississippi (#49), South Carolina (#48), and Arkansas (#47).

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

What do you think about our healthcare system?

What do you think we can do to improve?

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