With the Affordable Care Act still remaining in effect and the CDC reporting that over 87 percent of the population has a regular place to go for medical care, the personal-finance website WalletHub recently released its report on 2019’s Best & Worst States for Health Care. Jill Gonzales tells us Georgia came in near the bottom.
“Georgia did worst when it comes to access, it ranked 49th overall and that’s because right now Georgia has the 4th lowest percentage of insured adults, that’s ages 18 and up,” Gonzalez said. “Very high uninsured rate when it comes to children as well so if people are not getting access to healthcare, not getting coverage, obviously that’s a pretty big snowball effect.
WalletHub compared all 50 states and Washington D.C. in in a variety of factors to determine the rankings. They include average monthly insurance premium to physicians per capita to share of insured population.
“We looked at several different factors, some have to do with costs, others come into to play when it comes down to access and finally what this means, outcomes; life expectancy, cancer incidence, health disease, things like that.”
Another recent study by WalletHub ranks Georgia as the 6th worst state to Have a Baby, coming in at number 46 among the 50 states and Washington D.C. Georgia was number 43 in the infant mortality rate and 47th for the rate of low-birth weight.