Georgia among the worst states in the country for health care

7/28/17 – Atlanta, GA – Lynette McClain, from Atlanta, has her vital signs checked by Marie Carter at a Grady Primary Care Clinic. She is a Medicare patient and opposed to repealing or replacing “Obamacare”. The signature election issue of Republicans for the last seven years, repealing Obamacare, has thus far failed. BOB ANDRES /BANDRES@AJC.COM

Health care is taking a beating in this country.

Last month, congress failed to pass a pared-down repeal of the Affordable Care Act. And personal health care costs are as high as $10,000 per year and rising, according to estimates from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Residents in 60 percent of Georgia counties who have insurance on the ACA exchange have only once choice of insurer: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia.  When insurers leave the exchange as many have, it results in monopolies, which means higher premiums and fewer people purchasing insurance.

In addition, Georgia did not expand Medicaid under the ACA, which left many poor Georgians without any health care at all.

 

These are just some of the factors that have earned Georgia a ranking as one of the worst states for health care. Among the 10 worst states for health care, the bulk are in the Southern region of the country (only Alaska and Nevada are not) according to a survey from Wallethub.

Georgia ranked 46 out of 51 (50 states and the District of Columbia) and is one of the five states with the lowest percentage of insured adults aged 18 – 64.

Georgia also has some of the highest infant mortality rates in the country, another factor which contributed to its low ranking compared to other states.

Analysts looked at the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 35 measures related to cost, accessibility and outcome.

Florida, Alabama, South Carolina, North Carolina, Arkansas, Mississippi, and Louisiana round out the states with the worst health care.

Hawaii ranked at number one.

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PJ25
PJ25

Mega Bus is ready when you are.  As a matter of fact, I'm all for taxpayer paid one-way vouchers for those who think the grass is greener elsewhere.  

pinkyswear
pinkyswear

Where is it stated in the U S Constitution that government is responsible for healthcare?  SHOW ME

Bhorsoft
Bhorsoft

@pinkyswearNot in the Constitution, but the Declaration of Independence does mention about "Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness."

metitotktodd
metitotktodd

@pinkyswear Make America Hate Again. Make America Racist Again. Make America White Again.  Make Russia Great Again

Kathy
Kathy

Too many politicians. too little progress. Shameful that the greatest country in the world can't figure out how to give decent health care to its citizens. Its not rocket science.

MyBad
MyBad

Stupidity at its finest. It is a very complex system with multiple forces preventing meaningful reform, particularly the insurance companies. There is also the problem of the American consumer, who expects gold-plated medical care at bargain basement prices, preferably funded by someone else's $$$. Millions are spent by the military for Viagra, for example.

PJ25
PJ25

@Kathy I have amazing health care that I pay for myself but I don't owe one single dead beat health care out of my pocket.  

RoadScholar
RoadScholar

C'mon Ga, we can do better! Let's go for No 50! Just like education!

GraceD
GraceD

I wonder how many people in Ga., (our state) realize how very bad the healthcare is for so many people? And then I wonder who among them really cares? Ga. continues to be at the bottom of most standards & yet it keeps sending people to both state & federal House & Senate-- that believe in keeping us at the bottom!

What is wrong with so many of our citizens? 

Our beautiful state seems either ignore or we just do not give a darn about our fellow man, anymore.

MyBad
MyBad

You want someone else to pay for your healthcare, don't you? Most definitely.

RoadScholar
RoadScholar

@MyBad No I want affordable insurance. Just like car  or home insurance, or is that too 'socialist" for you? There is strength and cost reduction in numbers of policy holders.

metitotktodd
metitotktodd

@MyBad Why don't we just make it all quicker since Republicans want to kill everyone?  Why don't we all just go out and just start murdering people indiscriminately, like what the Republicans are doing?

mudcop
mudcop

Georgia legislators have a long history of not only ignoring healthcare, but actually going out of their way to de-content healthcare. They've steadfastly refused to provide healthcare to the poor.

The biggest example of their total disregard for healthcare is their flagrant refusal to act on the Federal Justice Department's legal ruling mandating that they create and implement a program providing improved, proper medical care in their mental health facilities and take steps to end the high number of patient deaths caused by medical errors and staff negligence. Their initial response to the legal mandate was to immediately cut the budget providing even worse medical care than ever before. The deadline to meet these requirements is about a year away and they've neither taken action nor began any committees/studies.

MyBad
MyBad

"Healthcare as a right", paid for by tax dollars of course. Just another step toward the Venezuela-state Dems yearn for.

RoadScholar
RoadScholar

@MyBad Don't expect me to subsidize you visits to the emergency room if you do not have insurance!

metitotktodd
metitotktodd

@MyBad Make America Hate Again. Make America Racist Again. Make America White Again. Make Russia Great Again. Make America an Oligarchy of the 1% Again

atlfalconno1fan
atlfalconno1fan

most at the bottom are red states but they keep voting republican..keep it up get sick like we all do and prepare for death due to lack of health care..republicans dont have the best interest for poor and working class folks

DavidATL45
DavidATL45

Thanks, Mr. Trump.  Putin-Puppet fake President.

MyBad
MyBad

Yes, the President is responsible for Obamas disaster.

4williec
4williec

It isn't like excellent healthcare isn't available here...it is. Evaluating based on insurance is not a very viable scale to use. Nor is infant mortality for that matter. Consider the demographics...I doubt Georgia is so much worse. It was just fine before the ACA and the influx of so many illegal immigrants. 

DavidATL45
DavidATL45

@4williec  Not sure what alternate universe you live in, but health care for the working poor in Georgia has been abysmal for decades.  

GraceD
GraceD

@4williec Gosh, I highly recommend that you do some research & stop just listen to Fox News & Cain on the radio!!! There is much evidence to the contrary, available for anyone who cares to be informed.

MyBad
MyBad

I wouldn't use "informed" to describe you.

GraceD
GraceD

@waitaminute3210 Please supply a reliable source that supports your stmt. I would love to see it. 

Ralph-43
Ralph-43

Hawaii is number one because it provides 'almost' Universal coverage using multiple funding sources.  Georgia and the other neo-Confederate states are the worst because they sent their federal dollars to Hawaii to help fund their care rather than support care in Georgia.  Stupid and angry.  Send these neo-Confederates down to their little colony in Brazil and modernize the state.http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-healthcare-coverage-20140406-dto-htmlstory.html

waitaminute3210
waitaminute3210

@Ralph-43 "Despite the perception of Hawaii as an ideal place to spend one’s golden years, the fact is that access to healthcare can get spotty once you’re outside of Oahu, the main island for government, commerce, and tourism." Source: Matadornetwork.com  So, you'd be wrong. But, I got to give you an A in effort trying to promote Socialist Healthcare continually even though it's not going to happen.