Using data drawn from 17 national sources, researchers assess states based on the ability of their healthcare sectors to provide access to high-value medical services.
Minnesota leads the nation in delivery of healthcare services based on cost, access and health outcomes, while Alaska ranks last based on these metrics, according to a study released this week by WalletHub, a personal finance site.
The study applied 29 healthcare metrics split into three equally weighted categories: cost, access and health outcomes. Cost is the most concentrated survey category, with four metrics: cost of a medical visit, cost of a dental visit, average monthly insurance premium, and out-of-pocket medical spending for Americans under 65.
Data for the study was drawn from 17 government, nonprofit, and private sources, including the U.S. Census Bureau, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, eHealthInsurance, and Kaiser Family Foundation.
Top States for Healthcare Delivery
States total healthcare scores were ranked on a scale of 1 to 100, with Minnesota earning the top honor: