A new study looks at health care across the country and ranks Maryland as the 5th best state for health care. Only four other states fared better.
WalletHub compared all 50 states and the District of Columbia based on 44 metrics. They included COVID-19 handling, life expectancy, monthly insurance premiums, insured rates, and the costs of medical visits.
Maryland ranked first for having the least expensive healthcare, ninth for access to healthcare, and 19th in outcomes. Each of the three scores combined resulted in ranking Maryland 5th overall.
The states ranked higher than Maryland include Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Minnesota, and Hawaii.
Maryland’s neighbors Pennsylvania ranked 12th, the District of Columbia ranked 13th, and Virginia ranked 16th.
Data used to create this ranking were collected from the U.S. Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Council for Community and Economic Research, The Commonwealth Fund, Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, Trust for America’s Health and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative, United Health Foundation, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Health Resources & Services Administration, ProPublica, Association of American Medical Colleges, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, American Telemedicine Association, Urgent Care Association of America, Convenient Care Association, Kaiser Family Foundation, Trustees of Dartmouth College, American Geriatrics Society and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
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