In a recent report from a popular financial and consumer website, Georgia ranks at the bottom in healthcare quality.
The methodology from the website, WalletHub, reviewed all 50 states and the District of Columbia to determine the best and worst states for healthcare. Based on their information, Georgia had an overall ranking of 43 in terms of healthcare quality and ranked 48th in the “Lowest percent of insured” for adults ages 18 to 64.
The report also reviewed three areas: 1) Cost, 2) Access and 3) Outcomes.
Georgia ranked 30th in cost, 50th in access, and 42nd in outcomes. These measures are consistent with the lack of healthcare access in many rural parts of the state. Georgia’s hospitals absorbed a crippling $1.74 billion in uncompensated care costs in 2015. By 2026, the uninsured rate in rural Georgia could climb to more than 25 percent, according to the Georgia Budget and Policy Institute’s report. Georgia still remains “ground zero” for rural hospital closures in the Southeastern United States.
According to the CDC, 88.1 percent of the nation’s population general access to medical care. However, the cost and quality of healthcare service vary extensively from state to state. The overall health of the population, more advanced medical equipment and a general lack of awareness regarding the best types of treatment, for instance, can all affect costs. The average American spends more than $10,000 a year on personal healthcare, according to the most recent estimates from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. That’s around 17.9 percent of the U.S. Gross Domestic Product.
The U.S. falls behind many nations on several measures, such as health coverage, life expectancy and disease burden, which measures longevity and quality of life. The U.S has made gains in providing more healthcare access for people in poor health, and healthcare cost growth has plateaued.