Utah has the second-best health care system in the United States, according to a new analysis.
The analysis, by modular “cleanroom” manufacturer Mecart, indicates Utah has the highest percentage of employers who provide insurance and the lowest annual premium costs in the country.
Each state was scored 1-to-10 on a number of factors, including number of hospitals per kilometer, number of staffed beds per capita, average emergency room wait times, annual health care premium costs and annual premium cost changes compared to 2020.
Utah had the cheapest average annual health care premiums of any state, $4,836; the highest percentage of employer coverage, 61%; and was No. 11 for health care access.
The Beehive State was just behind No. 1 Rhode Island, which was No. 1 for health care quality, No. 3 for access to health care, and No. 3 for overall hospital quality.
Overall, Utah ranked well above neighboring states — Colorado was No. 13, Wyoming was No. 25, Idaho was No. 36, New Mexico was No. 38, Arizona was No. 43, and Nevada was No. 46.
Georgia was last on the list of overall health care systems, with the second-highest percentage of people who are unable to afford insurance coverage. It was also No. 49 on health care access and No. 44 on health care quality.
Hawaii (No. 5 overall) was first for health care access. Texas (No. 40 overall) was last in that category. Alaska (No. 42 overall) came in last for health care quality.
Best health care systems in America
1. Rhode Island
6. North Dakota
9. South Dakota
17. New Hampshire
22. New Jersey
28. New York
30. West Virginia
38. New Mexico
47. South Carolina
49. North Carolina