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Healthcare Access Study Ranks Best, Worst States

By HealthLeaders Media News  
   September 07, 2016

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.

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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:

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