How Does Texas Healthcare Rank Among Other U.S. States? Not So Good
You may already know this if you've used, or are currently using, the Texas health care system. A new study by WalletHub shows Texas is one of the worse in the country.
WalletHub compared all 50 states, plus Washington D.C. using various metrics measuring accessibility to healthcare and according to the survey, Texas ranked as the 8th worst state in the nation.
With a population of 30 million people, and growing, Texas is one of the most populous states in the U.S. Big business continues to come to the Lone Star State providing more jobs and bringing with them even more people. More people equals more families which in return equals the need for quality health care.
Keep in mind that the COVID-19 numbers continue to fluctuate and the rise in monkeypox cases has people paying closer attention to their overall health. The need for quality health care is growing not just in Texas, but across the country.
2022's Best & Worst States for Health Care
Wallethub compared all 50 states, plus Washington D.C., across various metrics including costs, access, coverage and more to determine their rankings. Overall Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Hawaii, Minnesota and Maryland finished 1 through 5 as the best. Arkansas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi finished in the bottom 5. Texas finished 8th worse.
Here's a map of how every state did:
Texas Health Care
Here's how Texas ranked in all the key metrics WalletHub used to determine their rankings:
- 18th – Avg. Monthly Insurance Premium
- 24th – Hospital Beds per Capita
- 45th – Physicians per Capita
- 28th – Dentists per Capita
- 51st – % of Insured Adults
- 51st – % of Insured Children
- 32nd – % of At-Risk Adults with No Routine Doctor Visit in Past Two Years
- 50th – % of Adults with No Dental Visit in Past Year
- 28th – % of Residents Age 12+ Who Are Fully Vaccinated
Not a good look for Texas health care overall but again, if you are using the system, you probably already know that.
Baylor, Scott & White
Overall health care in Texas may need some help but there are some bright spots. Several Central Texas hospitals were on a recent list of the best hospitals in the state. Baylor Scott & White Medical Center in Temple came in at 5th place, beating out three Austin facilities that landed in the top 25.