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Value for money? Healthcare efficiency and dollars spent

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.

Nurses at the Zaporizhzhia Children's Hospital tend to Milena, a 13 year-old girl hit by a bullet as she was evacuating from Mariupol with her family
Nurses at the Zaporizhzhia Children's Hospital tend to Milena, a 13 year-old girl hit by a bullet as she was evacuating from Mariupol with her family - Copyright AFP Ahmad SAHEL ARMAN
Nurses at the Zaporizhzhia Children's Hospital tend to Milena, a 13 year-old girl hit by a bullet as she was evacuating from Mariupol with her family - Copyright AFP Ahmad SAHEL ARMAN

With the typical U.S. citizen spends more than $12,500 per year on personal health care as a factor of the U.S. for-profit healthcare system (a model that contrast with European systems).

Looking at this level of spending and the services obtained, the personal-finance website WalletHub has released a report titled “2022’s Best & Worst States for Health Care”.

In order to determine where those in the U.S, 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 used for the analysis ranged from the average monthly insurance premium to physicians per capita to the share of insured population.

The States that came top were:

1. Rhode Island          

2. Massachusetts        

3. Hawaii        

4. Minnesota  

5. Maryland    

6. Vermont     

7. Colorado    

8. Connecticut

9. Maine         

10. Iowa         

Conversely, those residing at the bottom of the table were:

42. Tennessee

43. Georgia

44. Texas

45. South Carolina

46. West Virginia

47. Arkansas

48. Oklahoma

49. Louisiana

50. Alabama

51. Mississippi

With the data sets there are some interest patterns. For example, 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.

Taking a different measure, 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.

With death, 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.

Finally, considering visits to medical professionals, 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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Dr. Tim Sandle is Digital Journal's Editor-at-Large for science news. Tim specializes in science, technology, environmental, and health journalism. He is additionally a practising microbiologist; and an author. He is also interested in history, politics and current affairs.

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