According to a just released survey by the financial website WalletHub, our home state of Louisiana has the worst healthcare in the United States, ranking 51st out of 51, including the District of Columbia.

From Wallethub:

In order to determine where Americans receive the highest-quality services at the best prices, WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 40 key measures of health care cost, accessibility and outcome. The data set ranges from average monthly insurance premium to physicians per capita to share of insured population.

And, here's WalletHub's none-too-attractive categorical breakdown:

Healthcare in Louisiana (1=Best; 25 Average):

  • 35th – Avg. Monthly Insurance Premium
  • 23rd – Physicians per Capita
  • 51st – Dentists per Capita
  • 34th – Physician Medicare-Acceptance Rate
  • 43rd – % of Insured Adults
  • 23rd – % of Insured Children
  • 21st – % of At-Risk Adults with No Routine Doctor Visit in Past Two Years
  • 51st – % of Adults with No Dental Visit in Past Year
  • 19th – % of Medical Residents Retained

But, WalletHub's traditional trashing of the deep south continues (nine of the bottom ten are southern) and their survey, like so many others, embraces the more highly taxed, liberal leaning states (eight of the top ten are among the America's most left-leaning).

So, in the end, what do you think? Does the WalletHub survey accurately portray Louisiana's healthcare system as slightly better than a third world nation, or is this list packed with bias against the South? To see the complete WalletHub study of healthcare state-by-state and the categorical breakdowns, JUST CLICK HERE!