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Florida has one of the worst health care systems in the nation, report finds

By: - August 7, 2018 4:01 pm
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The Sunshine State has one of the gloomiest health care systems in the nation, according to a recent WalletHub report. Florida ranked No. 42 out of all 50 states and Washington, D.C.

WalletHub compiled data from the U.S. Census Bureau, the Bureau of Labor Statistics and other federal agencies and compared the cost of health care, access to health care options and patient outcomes (mortality, readmission, etc.) to create the report.

Of the states, Florida has among the highest numbers of uninsured adults, children and teens.

Americans will spend more than $10,000 per year on average for personal health care, according to data included in the report from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Major insurers such as Blue Cross, Aetna and Humana have pulled out of many state-run insurance exchanges and residents in some counties have been left with few, if any options for coverage, said the report.

Amol Navathe, an insurance expert and professor at the University of Pennsylvania, said this may de-stabilize the market for people who are not covered by their employers.

“The federal and state governments will need to make changes…or pursue other options such as providing coverage directly, otherwise the un-insurance rate is likely to increase substantially in those states,” he said in a statement.

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CD Davidson-Hiers
CD Davidson-Hiers

CD Davidson-Hiers is a 2017 summa cum laude graduate of Florida State University with a degree in Creative Writing and French. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Golden Key honors societies, and has received multiple writing awards for fiction, nonfiction and poetry. Prior to joining the Florida Phoenix, CD worked at the Tallahassee Democrat and has bylines in Tallahassee Magazine. She is a native of Pensacola and currently lives in Tallahassee with her tabby cat, Faulkner.