JACKSON, Wyo. — COVID-19 has exposed weaknesses in the country’s healthcare system, from supplies to staffing to bed counts, but issues have been far from uniform across the U.S. To find out which states were most prepared going into the pandemic, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on the States with the Best Health Infrastructure for Coronavirus.
To identify which states have the best health infrastructure, WalletHub compared the 50 states across 14 key metrics. Our data set ranges from the state’s Public Health Emergency Preparedness funding per capita to the share of the population that is uninsured and the number of hospital beds per capita.
Wyoming ranked #15 on the list, highest of the Mountain West states.
- Wyoming has the highest Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) funding per capita, $8.72, which is 9.2 times higher than in New York, the state with the lowest at $0.95.
- Vermont has the highest public hospital system quality, 82.00 percent, which is 1.6 times higher than in New Jersey, the state with the lowest at 52.67 percent.
- Alaska has the highest public healthcare spending per capita, $281, which is 6.1 times higher than in Nevada, the state with the lowest at $46.
- Mississippi has the highest number of hospital beds per 1,000 residents, 5.45, which is 2.5 times higher than in Utah, the state with the lowest at 2.22.
- Massachusetts has the lowest share of the population that is uninsured, 2.80 percent, which is 6.2 times lower than in Texas, the state with the highest at 17.40 percent.
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