The 2017 U.S. RURAL HEALTH REPORT CARD, published in December 2017, compares rural health care among states. The report card, by researchers at Texas Tech University, compared several key metrics including mortality, quality of life and access to care. The study compared rural healthcare nationwide and clearly showed that rural residents are healthier in states that embraced the Affordable Care Act and expanded Medicaid. The overall composite scores were calculated using 10 variables divided into three equally weighted categories: Mortality, Quality of Life and Access to Care. A variety of measures and data sources related to U.S. health care were reviewed for this study.
- U.S. Rural Health Report Card: http://ruralhealthquarterly.com/home/2017/12/15/u-s-rural-health-report-card-2017/