According to the CDC, 88.1 percent of the population has a regular place to go for medical care. But the cost and service quality of that care can vary widely from state to state. The overall health of the population, more advanced medical equipment and a general lack of awareness regarding the best types of treatment, for instance, can all affect costs. Today, the average American spends more than $10,000 per year on personal health care, according to the most recent estimates from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. That’s about 17.9 percent of the U.S. GDP.
But higher costs don’t necessarily translate to better results. According to a study by the Kaiser Family Foundation, the U.S. lags behind several other wealthy nations on several measures, such as health coverage, life expectancy and disease burden, which measures longevity and quality of life. However, the U.S. has improved in giving more healthcare access for people in worse health, and healthcare cost growth has slowed somewhat.
Conditions aren’t uniform across the U.S., though. To determine where Americans receive the best and worst health care, WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 40 measures of cost, accessibility and outcome. Read on for our findings, expert insight on the future of American health care and a full description of our methodology.
Health Care in Texas (1=Best; 25=Avg.):
- 9th – Avg. Monthly Insurance Premium
- 23rd – Hospital Beds per Capita
- 45th – Physicians per Capita
- 31st – Dentists per Capita
- 43rd – Physician Medicare-Acceptance Rate
- 51st – % of Insured Adults
- 49th – % of Insured Children
- 24th – % of At-Risk Adults with No Routine Doctor Visit in Past Two Years
- 45th – % of Adults with No Dental Visit in Past Year
- 5th – % of Medical Residents Retained
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