We’re Number……36?

A new report that ranked the best and worst states for healthcare put Arizona at number 36 in the rankings.. WalletHub’s report “measured things such as what people pay in healthcare premiums, the numbers of doctors and hospital beds per capita, and whether people with chronic disease have seen a physician in the past 2 years. To some degree, the results line up with long-term underlying health trends, but some individual measures appear to reflect state-level health policy decisions, such as whether to expand Medicaid,” according to AJMC.com.

Where “1” is the best, our state ranked 40th in healthcare cost, 43rd in access and 27th in health outcomes. Our overall ranking of 36th was just behind Wyoming, Kentucky and Indiana….and just ahead of Missouri, Texas and West Virginia.

In all, some 40 metrics were used to determine cost, access and outcomes. The Top 10 states for healthcare, based on the analysis, were:

1. Vermont

2. Massachusetts

3. New Hampshire

4. Minnesota

5. Hawaii

6. Rhode Island

7. Colorado

8. District of Columbia

9. Iowa

10. Maryland

The ten worst states were:

1. Louisiana

2. Mississippi

3. Alaska

4. Arkansas

5. North Carolina

6. Alabama

7. Oklahoma

8. South Carolina

9. Georgia

10. Florida

If you would like more information on the metrics used in determining the rankings in this report, click here. We’d love to hear your thoughts on this report and whether you believe it accurately reflects healthcare in our state. Do you think we should be ranked higher? Why or why not? Driving important conversations around the health stories making headlines is another way we are working toward our long-term goal of one day making Arizona the Healthiest State in the Nation!

 

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