In a time where healthcare is uncertain with the trials and tribulations of trying to repeal Obamacare by Congress, healthcare has become at the forefront of many peoples’ minds.

A new WalletHub study focused on ranking states’ health care plans, from best to worst. They focused on three aspects of healthcare: cost, access, and outcomes.

For cost, they looked at the cost of a medical and dental visit, average monthly insurance premiums, and the hare of high out-of-pocket medical spending.

In regards to access, WalletHub researchers weighed the quality of the public hospital system, hospital beds per capita, average ER wait time, physicians per capita, physician assistants and nurse practitioners per capita, EMTs per capita, urgent care centers per capita, retail clinics per capita, dentists per capita, medicare and medicaid acceptance rate among physicians, and more.

When it comes to outcomes, this refers to statistics like the mortality rate of children and infants, maternal mortality rate, share of patients readmitted to hospitals, life expectancy (which had double weight in the study), cancer rate, heart disease rate, share of adults with type 2 diabetes, share of adults with no dental visit in the past year, and more.

To see the full list, click the highlighted WalletHub link and then click “methodology”.

I know what you’re thinking: get on with it, Abi, tell me what Connecticut ranks! I’m nothing if not a people pleaser so here it is:

Connecticut was ranked 6th in the nation for the best healthcare. Sixth!

With all the terrible rankings we’ve accumulated over the years (that we here at love to talk about), this is our one amazing ranking. Our cost rank may have been 30th, but our access rank was 2nd, and our outcomes rank was 5th overall.

The only states that beat us were #1 Hawaii, which ranked 3rd in cost, 42nd in access, and first in outcomes; #2 Iowa with 2nd for cost, 19th for access, and 13th for outcomes; #3 Minnesota for 5th in cost, 11th in access, and 8th in outcomes; #4 New Hampshire in 16th for cost, 4th for access, and 7th in outcomes; and #5 District of Columbia for 1st in cost, 6th in access, and 27th in outcomes.

In addition to our overall ranks, we also earned the spot for 5th most physicians per capita, and the 2nd lowest percentage of adults with no dental visit in the past year.

Overall, I think we’re doing pretty well. Congrats to our little old state for getting us ranked highly again.



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