We’ve already brought you a list of the best states for healthcare, now it’s time to bring you the worst.
To help definitively answer the question of what the best states and worst states for healthcare are, as well as to gain a better picture of where healthcare measurements are lacking, MoneyRates.com created a proprietary study of the best and worst states for healthcare. It ranked all 50 states plus the District of Columbia based on seven different factors: health insurance coverage, age-adjusted mortality, vaccination rates, infant mortality, nursing-home availability, hospital availability and practicing physicians per capita. Ranks across the seven categories were averaged, and those averages were used to rank the states overall.
As Richard Barrington, senior financial analyst, MoneyRates.com, says, “For health executives and policymakers, these rankings can be viewed as a report card of areas that perform well and areas that need improvement. From a business standpoint, health executives can also look at areas needing improvement as an opportunity. For example, even Massachusetts, which ranked as the best state overall, was among the worst for available hospital capacity. That could be an opportunity for someone to provide that capacity. This study could interest health executives from the standpoint of showing where supply is not meeting demand in their home states and where opportunities might exist to provide what they do well in other states.”
Here are those states that ranks at the bottom: