Over 87 percent of the U.S. population has a usual place they go to for medical care, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
In 2017, the National Health Expenditure (NHE) Data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) found that the average American spends more than $10,000 per year ($10,739, to be exact) on personal health care—accounting for 17.9 percent of the nation’s gross domestic product (GDP).
Recent NHE data clocked the national health spending in the U.S. at $3.5 trillion. Under current law, that number is projected to grow at an average rate of 5.5 percent per year—reaching $6 trillion by 2027.
Among developed countries in the world, the U.S. ranks highest in healthcare spending. But while the average amount surpasses any other country, all 50 states and the District of Columbia (DC) in the nation vary on the quality of the coverage that is offered.
WalletHub compared the measures of cost, accessibility, and outcome of healthcare coverage for each state and D.C. to determine the most recent national rankings.
Minnesota ranked No. 1 for the best overall healthcare system with a total score of 63.8. Massachusetts came in at second (62.3), while Rhode Island followed closely behind (62.1).
In contrast, Alaska took the spot for worst healthcare system (44.5), with North Carolina (42.6) and Mississippi (47.8) ranking second and third to the bottom.
We consulted a few ODs from around the country get their feedback on how their own states ranked.