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New Mexico 29th Best State For Health Care

New Mexico 29th Best State For Health Care

New Mexico Has Lowest Cancer Rate

In order to determine where Americans receive the highest-quality services at the best prices, WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 35 key measures of health care cost, accessibility and outcome. The data set ranges from average monthly insurance premium to physicians per capita to share of insured population.

According to the personal-finance website, New Mexico ranks as the 29th “Best State For Health Care.”

The state scored a 27 in the category of “Outcomes”, which looks at life expectancy, heart disease, the share of adults with Type 2 diabetes, non-immunized children, and infant, child and maternal mortality rates. It was also determined by the state’s cancer rate, of which New Mexico had the lowest.

New Hampshire had the lowest number of infant mortalities, four, which is 2.3 times lower than in Mississippi, registering the highest at nine.

New Mexico scored 28 in terms of access, which is measured by the quality of the public hospital system, and the amount of hospital beds, retail clinics, urgent care centers, physicians, nurse practitioners, EMTs and dentists per capita. Another metric is the state’s share of insured adults, of which New Mexico had the fourth lowest percentage.

The District of Columbia had the highest number of professionally active physicians, 1,008, which is 5.8 times higher than in Idaho, registering the lowest at 175. California had the highest retention rate for medical residents, 69.8 percent, which is 4.5 times higher than in D.C., registering the lowest at 15.4 percent.

New Mexico had a cost rank of 34, likely due to having the second lowest average monthly premiums. Arizona had the lowest at $279, 2.7 times lower than Alaska, which registered the highest at $740.

Other metrics were the cost of medical and dental visits and the share of adults with no doctor visits due to cost. West Virginia had the lowest share of at-risk adults without a routine doctor visit in the past two years, 8.4 percent, which is two times lower than in Utah, registering the highest at 17.2 percent.

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