People want to access affordable and quality healthcare. That’s why more than $10,000 is spent on healthcare yearly, by the average American. Yet, since the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, USA still lags behind other wealthy countries in areas like life expectancy, life quality and insurance coverage.
Your healthcare treatment greatly depends on what state you live in. A study by Wallet Hub evaluated cost, outcomes and accessibility such as heart disease rates and infant mortality to determine the best and the worst states in healthcare.
For instance, Idaho has the second-lowest average insurance premium costs per month in the country, yet it has the third-highest rate of at-risk adults who have not seen a doctor in the past two years.
Idaho has the least number of physicians and the second-least number of hospital beds and dental doctors, out of all the states per capita. The problem in Idaho is that it has a major lack of access.
Three years ago we moved to Idaho, we struggled to get reasonable and accessible healthcare for our family. Then Appleton Clinics opened. Their primary care model is economical and it prioritizes patients over the insurance companies. However, this option is not available to everyone.
That’s probably the reason why there’s a rise in telehealth. The tire of copayments along with seeing specialists has driven people to turn to virtual resources like the ‘First Derm: Online Dermatology’ app. These apps are easy to use for small medical issues however can prove to be very dangerous in the long-term. They could give wrong diagnosis or poor treatment plans.
It’s devastating to see that a baby’s chances of survival are lower in Mississippi as compared to Massachusetts. It’s sad to think that someone with chronic illness is facing a battle in fining a provider only because their state lacks access to these services.
Talking about such issues can be uncomfortable, but informed discussions can lead to ensuring all the Americans that they have access to the healthcare resources that they need and, of course deserve.