Forbes Advisor ranks North Carolina third worst for healthcare

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) – According to a report by Forbes Advisor, in the list of top 10 worst states for healthcare North Carolina ranks third.

Forbes says that a recent Harris Poll survey showed that many Americans are dissatisfied with the U.S. healthcare system with more than 70% of adults saying that the healthcare system is failing to meet their needs in at least one way.

According to Forbes, in the worst states for healthcare, accessing healthcare may be more challenging due to high costs, a lack of health insurance coverage, too few healthcare providers, and barriers to receiving timely and effective care.

The Forbes study, which Forbes Advisor says compared 24 metrics across all 50 states, shows that when it comes to healthcare costs across the country – North Carolina tops the list as the worst.

The four key categories Forbes used in the comparisons are healthcare access, healthcare outcomes, healthcare cost, and quality of hospital care.

Forbes Advisor says that North Carolinians with single health insurance coverage through an employer pay the eighth-highest premium nationwide at an average of $1847 annually, and North Carolina employers cover the eighth lowest percentage of employees’ annual health insurance premiums on average.

Forbes also points out that North Carolina has the eighth highest infant mortality rate in the country at 6.76 deaths per 1,000 live births, the fifth lowest in the number of nurse practitioners, and has the ninth highest rate of stroke, influenza, and pneumonia deaths.

Forbes ranked Georgia as the worst state for healthcare with Alabama coming in second, Mississippi and South Carolina rounded out the bottom five.

According to Forbes, the five best states for healthcare are Minnesota, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, and Vermont.