Accessible, quality health care is, somewhat ironically, hard to come by in the United States. America is one of the most advanced and wealthiest nations. And yet, many people find it difficult, if not impossible, to find a doctor or get treatment without having to file for some sort of financial aid. It’s not an equal playing field, either. Depending on where you live, you might have a much easier time receiving affordable care.
This, of course, has been a centerpiece of political debate in the U.S. for some time. The passage of the Affordable Care Act in 2010 was meant to help people by leveling that unequal playing field. It hasn’t worked exactly as hoped, and the plans that are out there to counter the Obama administration’s achievements look to make things considerably worse.
Unfortunately, there’s no panacea or easy way out of it. America’s health care system is, for lack of a better word, a mess. But again, some states are in better positions than others. A report from U.S. News & World Report ranked the states in terms of which are best for health care. The states are ranked in three primary categories: health care access, health care quality, and public health. Using data from McKinsey & Company, the report assigns each state a ranking.
At the top is Hawaii, followed by Massachusetts, Minnesota, and New Hampshire. At the bottom? Well, that’s what we’re going to sift through. From the U.S. News rankings, here are the 15 worst states in America for health care.