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WalletHub Study: 2022’s Best & Worst States for Health Care

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WalletHub released its report on 2022’s Best & Worst States for Health Care. In order to determine where Americans receive the highest-quality services at the best prices, WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 42 key measures of health care cost, accessibility and outcome. The data set ranges from the average monthly insurance premium to physicians per capita to the share of insured population.

Best States for Health Care
1. Rhode Island
2. Massachusetts
3. Hawaii
4. Minnesota
5. Maryland
6. Vermont
7. Colorado
8. Connecticut
9. Maine
10. Iowa

Worst States for Health Care
42. Tennessee
43. Georgia
44. Texas
45. South Carolina
46. West Virginia
47. Arkansas
48. Oklahoma
49. Louisiana
50. Alabama
51. Mississippi

Best vs. Worst

  • Utah has the lowest average monthly health-insurance premium, $408, which is 2.8 times lower than in West Virginia, the highest at $1,144.
  • California has the highest retention rate for medical residents, 70.80 percent, which is 4.5 times higher than in the District of Columbia, the lowest at 15.70 percent.
  • Vermont has the lowest number of infant mortalities (per 1,000 live births), four, which is two times lower than in Mississippi, the highest at eight.
  • West Virginia has the lowest share of at-risk adults without a routine doctor visit in the past two years, 9.40 percent, which is 2.3 times lower than in California, the highest at 21.50 percent.

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