9 May 2015

Map Shows States With the Worst Healthcare Systems

Below are the best and worst state healthcare systems in 2014. Although opponents of Obamacare aren’t likely to appreciate the questionable findings, the evidence still suggests that conservatives are going to have to do a lot more about seriously addressing healthcare concerns during the 2016 Presidential campaign.
Simply put, the repeal of Obamacare isn’t going to be enough. Much more work needs to be done in order to win back the White House next year. 
Minnesota has the nation’s best-performing healthcare system, according to a Commonwealth Fund ranking released this week, and Massachusetts, Vermont, and New Hampshire are tied for second. Mississippi ranks last, just as it did on the previous ranking in 2009. Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Arkansas round out the bottom of the list.

For the ranking, the Commonwealth Fund relied on 42 different metrics that gauged everything from insurance coverage to avoidable hospital stays to vaccination rates, at the systemic level; and from obesity rates to how many adults have lost six or more teeth, at the individual level. …
Almost all states either stagnated or declined in performance since the survey was performed five years ago, and once again, Southern states scored especially poorly across all of the dimensions.
What’s more, there were wide mortality differences between black and white residents of several states in the Deep South. “Racial and ethnic minorities in Arkansas, Georgia, Indiana, Mississippi, and North Carolina faced some of widest disparities relative to the national average across all of the indicators assessed in our Equity dimension,” the group wrote.
Demographically, Mississippi is already at a disadvantage. A black man in Mississippi has a shorter life expectancy than the average American did in 1960. The state has an obesity rate of 35 percent, one of the highest poverty rates in the country, and just one abortion clinic.

Healthcare in Mississippi and in other Southern states is unlikely to become more equitable anytime soon, however. As the study authors note, 16 of the states in the bottom half of the ranking have opted not to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act to adults making up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level. …


  1. Donald Shawver9 May 2015 at 12:46

    Forgot to the rate the VA, is it so corrupt, is beneath all the states.

  2. It should come as a surprise to nobody that the Republican-controlled Deep Southern states have healthcare systems vastly inferior to what is found in most 3rd world countries. Too bad they the South the Civil War - it's a shame the productive parts of the U.S. (the liberal states) have to pick up the slack for these loser Southern states that produce no tax revenue or educated people at all.

  3. American health care is over burdened by administration and the worst disease called 'CEO'.