Finding the best medical care can be extremely difficult, especially if you live in one of these states.
The worst medical care in the US can be found in Alaska, according to a new study by WalletHub.
The rankings weighed different factors like the number of hospital beds to states with the most physicians to calculate its ranking, which assigned a score to each state.
Alaska was ranked the worst due to it falling in the bottom five in categories like lowest percent of children insured and having one of the highest percentages of at-risk adults with no routine doctor visit in the last two years.
Other states that ranked near the bottom in the US included North Carolina, Mississippi, South Carolina, and Arkansas.
Those living in the northeast have been treated to some of the best health care systems. While Minnesota topped the best list, northeastern states like Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine placed in the top 10.
When it comes to enrolling in the right health care plan for yourself, experts stress to really think about the entire package.
“Give serious thought to what type of plan you enroll in,” said Stephen F. Gambescia, Ph.D., a professor at Drexel University. “eek advice from those who not only look at the costs but understand your (or your families) risk. It can be a delicate discussion and names of plans may influence your selection but not always in a positive way, e.g. Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum or “Skinny” plans.”
He also offered these steps:
- Health Insurance can be a pay me now or pay me latter proposition…Those who are risk tolerant and take a lean plan could pay out a lot given a serious medical care event. Being risk averse does feel painful but there is value in “peace of mind.”
- Commit to a healthy lifestyle. These practices can seem overwhelming but no one is advocating that you train for a marathon. Start with the serious issues such as smoking, seat belt use, easy walking, and eating well. What is the best exercise? The one you will stick with…
- Don’t miss the evidence-based and standard well visit checkups and screening tests. There is a good reason why these are “recommended.”
The best health care systems in the US, according to WalletHub:
3. Rhode Island
4. District of Columbia
6. New Hampshire
9. North Dakota
18. South Dakota
23. New Jersey
24. New York
31. New Mexico
40. West Virginia
48. South Carolina
50. North Carolina