Americans need affordable, quality health care – and that’s extremely apparent in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the biggest public health crisis in over a century. Finding good health care at the right price point should be a priority for everyone, but it’s unfortunately not so easy. The average American spends $12,914 per year on personal health care, according to the most recent estimates from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. That’s a daunting statistic considering that many people are already struggling financially due to high inflation.
In addition, while health care in the U.S. is expensive, higher medical costs don’t necessarily translate to better results. According to research by the Kaiser Family Foundation, the U.S. lags behind several other wealthy nations on several measures, such as health coverage, life expectancy and disease burden, which measures longevity and quality of life. However, the U.S. has improved in giving more healthcare access for people in worse health, and healthcare cost growth has slowed somewhat.
Conditions aren’t uniform across the U.S., though. To determine where Americans receive the best and worst health care, WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 44 measures of cost, accessibility and outcome.