In recent times, more Americans have access to health care. However, the cost and quality of service vary from one state to another. US News ranked the states in the United States on quality of health care using three main criteria. The criteria are access and quality of care together with the overall health of the citizens. According to US News, the state of Hawaii has the best health care in the United States.
The 10 US States With The Best Health Care
Hawaii’s health care is the best in the United States, with the state being ranked at the first place in health care. Health care access is ranked at number 2 among the states. Health care affordability is at number one, with the number of adults going without care due to cost being below 10%. Quality of health care in Hawaii is ranked at number one, with the state having the lowest hospital readmission rates at just over 10%. Public health is ranked second, and the state has the lowest mortality rate in the country. Mental health is ranked at number 3 which is the same as low obesity rate and low smoking rate. One of the best hospitals in Hawaii is Castle Medical Center.
Washington is ranked at second place in health care. Health care access is at number 9, with the highest measure being child dental visits at number 4. About 43.8% of children eligible for Medicaid had no dental visits in a year. Adult wellness visits are ranked poorly at number 43. Quality of health care in the state is at number 3. Under health care quality, nursing care quality is ranked at number 3, with 62.7% of residents in nursing homes rated 4+ stars by Medicare. Public health is ranked at number 9, with its highest ranking measure being the low smoking rate at number 7. Adults who smoke cigarettes are just above 10%. The state’s low infant mortality rate is ranked at number 10, with about five deaths per 1,000 live births. One of the best hospitals in Washington is the University of Washington Medical Center.
The state of Iowa is ranked at number 3 in health care. The state’s health care access is ranked 5th in the country. Child wellness visits are the best in the country, ranked at number 1. Health care affordability is ranked at number 2 with less than 10% of adults going without care due to cost. Health care quality is at number 9, with Medicare quality ranking high at number 3. Preventable admissions are ranked at number 16, with less than 4,000 preventable hospital admissions per 100,000 Medicare/Medicaid beneficiaries. Public health in Iowa is ranked at number 11, with its highest measure being a low infant mortality rate of slightly above four deaths per 1,000 live births ranking at number 2. One of the best hospitals in the state is the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.
Regulations On Health
The United States adopted the Affordable Care Act in 2010, which is commonly referred to as “Obamacare.” The Act has dramatically reduced the percentage of American citizens without health insurance to below 10%.