See WalletHub's new state rankings for health care costs, accessibility, and quality.

By Lauren Mazzo
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Even when you get past the confusion of dissecting the latest health care legislation, shopping for a health care plan, and finding in-network providers, navigating the world of health care is no easy task-for you or your wallet. The average American spends $10K per year on personal health care, according to estimates from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. But shelling out all that cash still doesn't guarantee good health care. WalletHub analyzed health care in all 50 states and the District of Columbia to find out where Americans are least likely to get a headache from health care. (Some good news: There are some amazing things happening in women's health care.)

To determine the rankings, WalletHub factored in 35 different measures of cost, accessibility, and outcomes. Metrics include: the costs of medical visits and dental visits, average monthly insurance premium, share of adults who didn't visit a doctor due to the cost, number of hospital beds per capita, ER wait time, medical professionals per capita, life expectancy, mortality rate, hospital re-admittance rates, and more. (Speaking of health care costs, here's what you need to know about $$$ before going to the ER.)

If you're a fan of the beach-and of getting affordable, quality health care-you should probably pack up and move to Hawaii, like, yesterday. That state grabbed the top spot overall, ranking third for cost and first for outcomes. Iowa and Minnesota tied as runners-up, followed by New Hampshire and the District of Columbia to round out the top five. The worst five states for health care are eerily similar to those topping the list of America's most obese: Louisiana came in last, followed by Mississippi, Alaska, Arkansas, and North Carolina. (Though the obesity epidemic is global.)

Check the list below to see if your state made it into the top or bottom 10, or check the map to see how it ranked. (At the bottom of the list? At least you can do this one easy thing to drastically decrease health care costs.)

Source: WalletHub

Top 10 States for Health Care

  1. Hawaii
  2. Iowa
  3. Minnesota
  4. New Hampshire
  5. District of Columbia
  6. Connecticut
  7. South Dakota
  8. Vermont
  9. Massachusetts
  10. Rhode Island

10 Worst States for Health Care

  1. Louisiana
  2. Mississippi
  3. Alaska
  4. Arkansas
  5. North Carolina
  6. Georgia
  7. South Carolina
  8. Alabama
  9. Florida
  10. Nevada


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