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Where Can Buyers Count on Health Care?

Many different factors go into homebuyers calculations of where to move, one of which is health care. From expecting mothers needing prenatal care to family physicians to elderly care—if the city doesn’t have the resources to take care of the individuals living within it, it could be a life-threatening problem.

According to a recent report by WalletHub, though most Americans have access to health care, the cost of service also varies from state to state. The average American spends nearly $10,000 a year on personal health care according to estimates from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid services, but that number is expected to increase. However, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation, higher costs don’t mean better health care. The U.S. is currently outperformed by other wealthy nations in regards to health coverage, life expectancy, and disease burden.

Considering the current buying climate is causing home prices to rise along with the expected health care increases, could this point to even slower buying side of the housing market? That factor remains unclear. However, there are places around the U.S. that your doctors’ visit won’t cost you as much—and might be done better.

WalletHub ranked the 50 states in the U.S. and the District of Columbia based on 35 measures of cost, accessibility, and outcome. Hawaii came in at number one for health care with a cost rank of 3 and overall rank of 67.36 out of 100 followed by Iowa (2/66.62), Minnesota (5/66.62), New Hampshire (16/65.54), and District of Columbia (1/65.47)

If you live in one of these five states, you may also be one of the top five states for highest average monthly insurance premium, fewest hospital beds, fewest physicians per capita, fewest dentists per capita, highest cancer rate, and many more.

North Carolina came in at 47, ranked second to most expensive in the U.S. and an overall score of 44.45, followed by Arkansas (42/42.82), Alaska (51/40.64), Mississippi (43/40.54), and Louisiana (49/38.95).

About Author: Brianna Gilpin

Brianna Gilpin, Online Editor for MReport and DS News, is a graduate of Texas A&M University where she received her B.A. in Telecommunication Media Studies. Gilpin previously worked at Hearst Media, one of the nation's leading diversified media and information services companies. To contact Gilpin, email brianna.gilpin@thefivestar.com.

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