August 9, 2017 | Number of The Day
New Jersey’s ranking among the states for quality of healthcare

The Garden State is stuck in the middle (24) among the 50 states and the District of Columbia when it comes to the quality of its healthcare. That’s where WalletHub, the personal finances website, ranked New Jersey after analyzing a range of healthcare issues nationwide, including cost, insurance, cancer rates, Medicare acceptance, infant mortality, physicians per capita, and hospital beds per capita.

New Jersey didn’t figure among the top five or bottom five in any category. It ranked 12th for outcomes, 29th for cost, and 39th for access. Making up the top five in the overall rankings were Hawaii, Iowa, Minnesota, New Hampshire, and the District of Columbia. The bottom five were North Carolina, Arkansas, Alaska, Mississippi, and Louisiana.

Noting that the cost and quality of healthcare can vary widely from state to state, WalletHub pointed out that the average American now spends “nearly $10,000 per year on personal health care,” a figure that is predicted to go in only one direction over time — upward.