Healthcare hotspots in the USA

Healthcare hotspots in the USA

17 January 2022 | 6min

Recently, in a worldwide study, we defined the world’s healthcare hotspots but we wanted to go a step further and take a closer look at healthcare in the USA to find the country’s best states for healthcare. As we defined them globally, us healthcare hotspots are places where healthcare is both easily accessible and of a high quality. We wanted to find out which states have earned this title around the USA, depending on cost, availability of advanced technology and appointments and satisfaction levels of residents

Analyzing healthcare is a complicated endeavor, and there are many factors that contribute to how effective a healthcare system is. The data points included in this report have been chosen as they show a wide range of information, from official statistics to the opinions of residents. They may differ from the data in similar lists, however we believe they show the widest variety of factors that contribute to a state’s healthcare, to result in fair and well-rounded results.  

The following data points were used to determine which are the best states to live in for healthcare:

  • Number of hospitals in the state altogether
  • Number of state residents per hospital in that state
  • 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
  • Infant mortality rate 
  • Number of deaths per 100,000 people annually
  • Maternal mortality rate
  • Life expectancy at birth 
  • Annual healthcare expenditure per capita in $USD

*The full methodology for this study can be found in the reference section below.

The best places to live in the US for healthcare

The best places to live in the US for healthcare

New York is the best state to live in for healthcare

Scoring 58.9/100 in our index, New York is the best state to live in for healthcare in the USA. There are 6,127 patient days per 10,000 people in the state, and 1,130 discharges, putting it first and third respectively for these data points. There are only 0.1 hospitals per 10,000 people in this state, however there are 29.7 staffed beds per 10,000 people (the sixth highest in the USA). 66% of people are satisfied with the hospitals in the state. The infant mortality rate is 5.82 per 1,000 live births, and the maternal mortality rate is 19.2 per 100,000 births. Per 100,000 people annually, there are 616.2 deaths, and the life expectancy is 80.5 years. On average, residents of New York spend $USD 9,851 per capita each year on healthcare.

Connecticut ranks highly for its healthcare

The state of Connecticut scores 58.3/100 in our index. There are 101,509 people per hospital in this state, and 24.8 staffed beds per 10,000 people in the population. There are 4,794 patient days per 10,000 residents, compared to the 962 discharges. The patient satisfaction rate is 71%, and people in this state pay an average of $USD 8,076 per capita per annum on healthcare – the gross patient revenue in the state is $USD 39,352,130. The infant mortality rate is 5.85 per 1,000 live births, whereas the maternal mortality rate is 10.5 per 100,000 live births. There are 648.7 deaths annually per 100,000 people, and the life expectancy at birth in Connecticut is 80.4 years. 

Pennsylvania has a good standard of healthcare

Scoring 57.4/100 in our index, Pennsylvania’s healthcare is among the best in the U.S. There is $USD 32.11 revenue per patient and 5,077 patient days per 10,000 people. There are 0.14 hospitals per 10,000 people in this state, which is a higher number than 33 other states. This translates to there being 73,166 people per hospital in Pennsylvania. There is a 71% patient satisfaction rate in this state, and an average of 750.7 annual deaths per 100,000 people. The infant mortality rate is 7.29 per 1,000 live births, and the maternal mortality rate 18.6 per 100,000 births. Life expectancy is 78.1 and the average healthcare cost per capita in Pennsylvania is $USD 7,311.

Massachusetts has some of the highest ranked healthcare in the US

Massachusetts scores 56.1/100 in our healthcare index. The state has 73,166 people per hospital, the 18th lowest number in the US. There are 27.3 staffed beds per 10,000 people in the state, 1,068 discharges per 10,000 people and 5,077 patient days. Patient satisfaction in Massachusetts is 73%, and state residents pay an average of $USD 8,871 annually for their healthcare. Life expectancy at birth is 80.1, the infant mortality rate is 5.13 per 1,000 live births and maternal mortality rate is 8.4 per 100,000 births. Each year, there are 656.1 deaths per 100,000 people.

Florida’s healthcare is among the best in the US

Florida’s healthcare system scores 55.8/100 in our index. For every 10,000 people in the state population, Florida has 1,109 hospital discharges (higher than 47 states). There are 100,663 people per hospital in Florida, one of the higher ratios in the USA, and there are 5,313 patient days per 10,000 state residents. The infant mortality rate is 7.24 per 1,000 live deaths, and the maternal mortality rate is 22.3 per 100,000 births. The life expectancy at birth in Florida is 78.9, and there are 649.4 deaths per 100,000 people annually. The average healthcare costs per capita are $USD 7,299 annually in this state.

Ranked: The top US states for healthcare

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The US Index is made up of 14 metrics that look at various health metrics for each state of America, the metris looked at included:

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”.

Entire data available under request.

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