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This year has put a large emphasis on healthcare. The coronavirus pandemic has been handled differently by every country around the world. At home in the United States, every state has also handled the pandemic differently.

Take Iowa and Illinois for example. Iowa is one of the states with the fewest COVID-19 restrictions and is one of 2 states without some sort of mask mandate in place. Illinois on the other hand was one of the first states to implement stay at home orders, issue a mask mandate and so much more to curb the coronavirus.

Even though there has been so much difference in the handling of the coronavirus pandemic the among states, it makes you ask the quest, "what states have the best and worst healthcare?"

Fortunately, WalletHub conducted a study that helped answered that question. To do so, they compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across three key dimensions:

  1. Cost
  2. Access
  3. Outcomes

WalletHub evaluated those dimensions using 44 relevant metric. Each metric was graded on a 100-point scale, with a score of 100 representing the best health care at the most reasonable cost. Finally, WalletHub determined each state and the District’s weighted average across all metrics to calculate its overall score and used the resulting scores to rank-order our sample. Here is what they found:

Source: WalletHub

Iowa ranked 8th compared to the other 49 states and the District of Columbia. WalletHub found that Iowa ranked pretty decent in the following categories:

  • 11th – Hospital Beds per Capita
  • 27th – Physicians per Capita
  • 21st – Dentists per Capita
  • 24th – Physician Medicare-Acceptance Rate
  • 6th – % of Insured Adults
  • 9th – % of Insured Children
  • 26th – % of At-Risk Adults with No Routine Doctor Visit in Past Two Years
  • 13th – % of Adults with No Dental Visit in Past Year

Illinois landed in the 25th spot on WalletHub's survey. For more details and to see where the other states landed, you can visit their website.

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