9 worst states for health care

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The bottom 9 states based on 5 factors.

Prescription drug purchase manager NiceRx recently published “Top-Rated Healthcare: The U.S. States with the Best Healthcare,” ranking the 50 states and Washington, D.C., based on five factors:

  • Percentage of “A” Grade hospitals for patient safety, based on the Leapfrog hospital safety grades.
  • Number of honor roll hospitals, according to U.S. News & World Report
  • Number of hospitals in America’s top 50 hospitals, based on healthgrades.com
  • Number of hospitals per 1 million people, based on populationu.com
  • Number of hospital beds per 1 million people

Then, scores were compiled for a total on a scale from 1 to 10.

Here are the bottom nine states.

Note: Washington, D.C., and Idaho tied in final scores, ranked 43rd; New Mexico and Hawaii tied in final scores, ranked 45th.