10 Worst States for Healthcare

BY Nick Otto

 

10 Worst States for Healthcare

For employers, both large and small, being knowledgeable about regional health challenges —such as high costs or poor quality — can give them an edge when it comes to crafting the best benefit policies to attract and retain talent.

They have help from new research out from personal finance site Wallethub, which compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across three key dimensions — health costs, access and outcomes — consisting of 40 relevant metrics.

The study looked at with metrics ranging from “average monthly insurance premium” to “number of physicians per capita” and “percentage of adults and children with health insurance coverage.”

Each metric was graded on a 100-point scale, with a score of 100 representing the best health care at the most reasonable cost. The study determined each state and the District’s weighted average across all metrics to calculate its overall score and used the resulting scores to rank-order our sample.

According to those findings, these 10 states have the worst healthcare in the country.

10. Florida

  • Overall score: 47.04
  • Costs ranking: 39
  • Access ranking: 47
  • Outcomes ranking: 39

9. Georgia

  • Overall score: 46.51
  • Costs ranking: 30
  • Access ranking: 50
  • Outcomes ranking: 42

8. South Carolina

  • Overall score: 46.14
  • Costs ranking: 49
  • Access ranking: 32
  • Outcomes ranking: 41

7. Oaklahoma

  • Overall score: 45.59
  • Costs ranking: 41
  • Access ranking: 33
  • Outcomes ranking: 46

6. Alabama

  • Overall score: 44.03
  • Costs ranking: 44
  • Access ranking: 44
  • Outcomes ranking: 44

5. North Carolina

  • Overall score: 43.98
  • Costs ranking: 50
  • Access ranking: 46
  • Outcomes ranking: 30

4. Arkansas

  • Overall score: 43.22
  • Costs ranking: 37
  • Access ranking: 31
  • Outcomes ranking: 50

3. Alaska

  • Overall score: 41.78
  • Costs ranking: 51
  • Access ranking: 37
  • Outcomes ranking: 22

2. Mississippi

  • Overall score: 41.53
  • Costs ranking: 42
  • Access ranking: 26
  • Outcomes ranking: 51

1. Louisiana

  • Overall score: 41.14
  • Costs ranking: 48
  • Access ranking: 39
  • Outcomes ranking: 49

Original article from Employee Benefits Advisor.