FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) — With the average American spending more than $12,500 per year on personal health care, the personal-finance website WalletHub released its report on 2022’s Best and Worst States for Health Care.
WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 42 key measures of health care cost, accessibility and outcome and ranked Arkansas 5th-worst in the country overall. The data set ranges from the average monthly insurance premium to physicians per capita to the share of the insured population.
The only states that ranked lower were all nearby: Oklahoma, Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi comprised the bottom four. Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Hawaii were the three states atop the rankings.
Some notable findings from the report were as follows:
- Utah has the lowest average monthly health-insurance premium, $408, which is 2.8 times lower than in West Virginia, the highest at $1,144.
- California has the highest retention rate for medical residents, 70.8 percent, which is 4.5 times higher than in the District of Columbia, the lowest at 15.7 percent.
- Vermont has the lowest number of infant mortalities (per 1,000 live births), four, two times lower than Mississippi, with the highest at eight.
- West Virginia has the lowest share of at-risk adults without a routine doctor visit in the past two years, 9.4 percent, which is 2.3 times lower than in California, the highest at 21.5 percent.
The complete results of the report are available here.