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Study: NH ranks third in nation in quality health care

Staff report
August 06. 2018 9:49PM

Vermont, Massachusetts and New Hampshire were ranked first, second and third, respectively, as the best states in the nation for quality health care and access to it, according to a WalletHub analysis of 50 states and the District of Columbia. The study analyzes 40 measures of cost, accessibility and outcomes.

To determine where Americans receive the best and worst health care, WalletHub, a credit monitoring service, ranked each state using measurements that ranged from average cost of a medical visit to hospital beds per capita.

Outcome measurements included infant mortality rates, share of patients readmitted to hospitals and life expectancy.

The data was drawn from the U.S. Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, and the Kaiser Family Foundation, among others.

New Hampshire ranked second out of 50 states in the number of doctors who accept Medicare patients, was sixth in the cost of monthly insurance premiums and eighth in the percent of children with health insurance.

All of the other New Hampshire rankings were above average, with the state placing 15th in percentage of adults with health insurance, 16th in dentists per capita and 17th in physicians per capita.

Medical costs in New Hampshire were close to the national average, ranking 24th out of 50 states, while the state was ranked fourth in access and outcomes.

Vermont had the best outcomes and was ranked third in cost, but was ranked 23rd in access. Massachusetts was second in access and outcomes, but 31st in cost.

Maine was ranked first for access but 35th for high costs.

The bottom three states in the overall ranking were Alaska, Mississippi and Louisiana.

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