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MedicareGuide: Best and Worst States for Elderly Healthcare

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MedicareGuide looked at multiple factors such as prescription drug prices, doctors per capita and life expectancy to determine which states offered the best (and worst) healthcare for adults over 65. They compared all 50 states and Washington, D.C. to find out how they rank across measures of cost, access and quality.

In order to determine the best and worst states for elderly healthcare, MedicareGuide compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across three key categories: 1) Cost, 2) Access and 3) Quality. They evaluated those categories using 24 relevant metrics. Each metric was graded on a 100-point scale, with a score of 100 representing the best elderly healthcare at the most affordable cost. They 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 their sample.

Data used to create this ranking were collected from the U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Kaiser Family Foundation, Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC), American Geriatrics Society, SNFdata Resources and MedicareGuide research.

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