If you weren’t thinking about healthcare before 2020 chances are you are now. I know insurance and healthcare costs are a definite source of frustration for me. In fact, I had that conversation over the weekend with a friend. Do you wonder where North Carolina stacks up when it comes to the state of healthcare? Healthcare Transformers recently conducted a study to rank healthcare across the country.
The study identified us healthcare hotspots where healthcare is both easily accessible and high quality. There are several metrics that were considered as they show a wide range of information, from official statistics to the opinions of residents.
The study analyzed a number of data points including the below to determine which are the best states to live in for healthcare:
- Number of hospitals in the state altogether
- The number of staffed beds in the state’s hospitals altogether
- Number of discharges
- Number of patient days
- Gross patient revenue
- Patient satisfaction
- Number of dentists per 100,000 people
- The number of deaths per 100,000 people annually
- Infant mortality rate
- Maternal mortality rate
- Life expectancy at birth
- Annual healthcare expenditure per capita in $USD
These metrics were then divided by the population to work out the number of hospitals etc. per capita, this allowed for the metrics to be compared state by state fairly. Each metric was ranked from 1-51 with the higher rank being given to the more favorable metric scores. These ranks were added together to show which state is the best “Health Hotspot”.
And guys, I hate to break it to you. Neither of the Carolinas did remotely well in this study. At all. How badly did they rank? Read on to find out.