The personal finance website WalletHub recently dug into the states with the best and worst health care in the nation and in the end Nebraska ranked 10th best overall. Analyst Jill Gonzales says they compared all 50 states and the District of Columbia regarding key metrics.
WalletHub looked at three different categories containing 29 key metrics. Those categories included health care costs, health care access and health outcome. Nebraska ranked very high in the access category.
Gonzales says, “When we look at access we look at the health infrastructure. We look at the public hospital system where Nebraska was sixth best. The number of hospital beds and the ER wait time, Nebraska was in the top five there with about 18 minutes.” She says they also look at the number of nurse practitioners, physicians, physician assistants and dentists in states to make sure there are enough to go around and there are plenty in Nebraska.
Gonzales says Nebraska has the highest physician Medicaid acceptance rate in the nation at 97% and the Medicare acceptance rate is at 93%. When it comes to the health care cost rate Nebraska ranked 20th in the nation and the health outcome ranking came in at 21st.
Nebraska ranks in the middle when it comes to monthly insurance premium rates and the percentage of children ages 0 to 17 with health insurance.
Minnesota holds the number one spot with Alaska in last place.