5 best, worst states for healthcare

Hawaii, Massachusetts and Minnesota ranked among the top states for healthcare, quality of care and health outcomes, among other performance indicators, according to a recent analysis from the Commonwealth Fund published this month.

The report, titled the "2018 Scorecard on State Health System Performance," measured all 50 states and Washington, D.C., on 43 performance indicators grouped into four dimensions: access and affordability, prevention and treatment, potentially avoidable hospital use and cost, and healthy lives.

The report found more improvements than declines in state health systems' functionality between 2013 and 2016. California and Oregon saw the biggest jump in rankings between 2013 and 2016, moving up nine and 10 spots, respectively. New York improved on 18 of the 37 indicators the Commonwealth Fund tracks over time, the most of any state. Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and West Virginia each improved on 17 indicators.

Here are the five best states for healthcare, according to the Commonwealth Fund.

  1. Hawaii
  2. Massachusetts
  3. Minnesota
  4. Vermont
  5. Utah

Here are the five states ranked among the bottom in terms of healthcare, according to the Commonwealth Fund.

  1. Mississippi
  2. Oklahoma
  3. Louisiana
  4. Florida
  5. Arkansas

To access the full report, click here.

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