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Report: Georgia Lags Behind in Healthcare

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The average American spends nearly $13,000 a year on personal health care, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Unfortunately, that high cost doesn’t necessarily lead to better quality. A recent study from the personal finance website WalletHub shows the level of care is not uniform across the country. And unfortunately, Analyst Jill Gonzalez says Georgia ranks near the bottom.

CMS says out of pocket spending for health care by 10 percent in 2021, with women paying 20 percent more than men among working age adults.

One positive note, however, the U.S. has improved in giving more healthcare access for people in worse health, and healthcare cost growth has slowed somewhat.

Analysts considered a number of factors in compiling the list. They include: health coverage, costs, life expectancy, accessibility, and overall health outcomes.

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.

Alexia Ridley joined WUGA as Television and Radio News Anchor and Reporter in 2013. When WUGA TV concluded operations, she became the primary Reporter for WUGA Radio. Alexia came to Athens from Macon where she served as the News Director and show host for WGXA TV. She's a career journalist and Savannah native hailing from the University of Michigan. However, Alexia considers herself an honorary UGA DAWG!