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The 10 US States With The Worst Health Care

According to a study by U.S. News, these 10 states had the worst health care access and quality.

Health care was boosted in the United States by the adoption of “Obamacare,” a term used to refer to the Affordable Care Act of 2010. The Donald Trump government has vowed to repeal the Act. A rollback of the law’s directive that everyone is covered or pay a tax penalty, which may pose a challenge to millions of citizens who have found insurance under the law.

The 10 US States With The Worst Health Care

Mississippi

Mississippi is ranked as the state with the worst health care at number 50 among the states in the US. Health care access is ranked at number 49, with adult dental visits ranked at number 49. Over 40% of adults have no dental visits in one year. The quality of healthcare in the state is ranked at number 50. Few hospital readmissions are at number 49, with way over 40% of hospital readmission rate. Medicare quality is poorly ranked at number 49 together with preventable admissions. There are less than 6,000 preventable hospital admissions per 100,000 Medicare/Medicaid beneficiaries. Mississippi’s public health is ranked at number 50, with the state having the highest mortality and infant mortality rates both ranked at number 50. The infant mortality rate is high of about 10 per 1,000 live births. One of the best hospitals in the state is Allegiance Specialty Hospital of Greenville.

Arkansas

The state of Arkansas is ranked at number 49 in health care. Access to health care is ranked at number 38. The state’s adult dental visits are poorly ranked at number 47 with slightly over 40% of adults having no dental visits in one year. Health care quality is at number 46, with its poorest measure being fewest hospital readmissions at number 46. The hospital readmission rate in the state is over 15%. Medicare quality and preventable admissions are both ranked at number 45. Mississippi’s public health is ranked at number 48. The state has the second worst mental health at number 49 with 16.4% of adults with poor mental health days in at least 14 days in the last 30 days. The low smoking rate is poorly ranked at number 48 with over 20% of adults who smoke cigarettes.

Oklahoma

Oklahoma’s health care is ranked at number 48 among the states in the US. Health care access is ranked at number 47, with its poorest measure at number 49 being health insurance enrollment. 7.4% of females under 18 are uninsured. Adult dental visits are ranked at number 46, with the adults with no dental visits in one year being 41.8%. Health care quality is ranked at number 42. Nursing home quality is at number 43, with residents in nursing homes rated 4+ stars by Medicare being slightly below 40%. The state’s public health is ranked at number 45 in the United States. Mental health is at number 46, with 14.3% adults having poor mental health days in at least 14 days in the last 30 days. The state has a mortality rate of over 500 deaths per 100,000 people, which makes the measure of low mortality rate in Oklahoma ranked at number 45. One of the best hospitals in Oklahoma is St. John Medical Center.

Health Care in the United States

Health care system in the United States is the most expensive in the world. According to the Commonwealth Fund Survey of 2014, the US was ranked as having the worst health care among 11 developed countries. Efficiency, equity, and outcomes of health care were ranked the lowest.

The 10 US States With The Worst Health Care

RankStateHealth Care AccessHealth Care QualityPublic Health
1 Mississippi495050
2 Arkansas384648
3 Oklahoma474245
4 Louisiana374844
5 Alabama413947
6 Kentucky144946
7 West Virginia124749
8 Tennessee354043
9 Georgia454438
10 South Carolina403540

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