Texas finished last among the 50 states and the District of Columbia for health care access and affordability for its residents, according to a new study by the New York-based Commonwealth Fund.
The analysis, titled the “2019 Scorecard on State Health System Performance,” ranked Texas as the worst in health care access and rated the state 49th overall. The latter ranking resulted from analyzing data in the areas of prevention and treatment; healthy living behaviors; health care disparities; use of services; and system costs.
Texas fared better in the category of health outcomes, according to David Radley, a senior scientist and one of the study’s authors.
“Texas had lower than average rates of adults smoking, which helped it to have a relatively high ranking in this category,” Radley told The Center Square.