New Jerseyans like to think of the services they receive — particularly when it comes to things like healthcare — as superior. But a recent study by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, an affiliate of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, ranked New Jersey average across the board. It gave the state a score of 51.72, which was 19th in the country.
When it came to priority issues, New Jersey ranked highest in healthy living; actually getting effective treatment and care affordability were all rated average. Most other scores were average, with the other outliers being strong marks for treatments for kidney disease, mental-health and substance-abuse issues, as well as nursing homes. New Jersey received a weak rating for home-hospice care.