bedThe U.S. is fortunate enough to have great hospital care compared to many other countries. We have modern technologies to fight diseases that otherwise couldn’t be treated. We have lots of hospitals to treat the sick. However, everyone in the US does not have equal medical care. A study shows that there’s a wide gap between the best and the poorest hospital care by State. In addition, some states have a high mortality rate while others don’t.

The study has shown different aspects of medical care. It shows that one disease will be cured better and quicker in some states versus another state, where there is poor medical care for that disease. For example, in the treatment of heart attacks, Minnesota is better prepared than Vermont.  Here you can see the top ten hospital rankings by state.

  1. North Dakota
  2. Florida
  3. Ohio
  4. Michigan
  5. Maryland
  6. Colorado
  7. Pennsylvania
  8. Connecticut
  9. Utah
  10. South Dakota

The ten states listed above have the highest percentage of excellent hospitals. Of course, a high percentage doesn’t mean that all of them are excellent.

5000 hospitals were all ranked and studied in this study. Twenty-six ordinary procedures were used to see how each hospital would act and save the lives of the people. After seeing the results, we can deduce that states with fewer people have better hospital care than those in New York and California. The population may or may not have an effect, but it was just an observation. But the mortality rate may have something to do with pollution, bad eating habits, and lazy attitudes.

Also, based on the research, we can see that the North Central region has the best hospitals. They have lower mortality rates compared to other regions. The most improved region meanwhile is the South Central region. If you don’t know where that is, that’s where LA and Texas is located. Their risk-adjusted mortality rate is down by 13.5%. This is in contrast with the Mountain region which declined by 8.8%.

Just to tell you how good the states listed above are, you are 71% safer during procedures there. On the other hand, the states with poorer performance don’t have excellent hospital care, although it’s only a general research. The fifteen poorest states in hospital care are: Georgia, Wisconsin, Alaska, Iowa, West Virginia, South Carolina, Wyoming, Hawaii, Oklahoma, Vermont, Kansas, Tennessee, Arkansas, Alabama, and Mississippi.

Of course, you can still find good hospitals in these states. Just because they have a low ranking doesn’t mean they can’t offer medical care for you. That’s the same with the top ranking states. You can find mediocre care in some hospitals there. What you should do is find out what the hospitals near you can offer the best. Example, if the neighborhood hospital is great at heart diseases but poor at brain surgeries, you shouldn’t go there for a neurological problem. Remember that all hospitals have specialty diseases. Search what they are before you enter the institution.

I just hope that the substandard hospitals will copy the practices of the hospitals that are great at it. That way, fewer people will die or take a long time to be cured. It’s not bad to copy their practices, since lives are at stake here. If they can only focus on important procedures, then the deaths will surely be reduced. Heart failure, pneumonia, sepsis, and respiratory failure are common illnesses that can cause death. Once the hospitals are better prepared in these areas, fewer lives will be lost.

There are websites and offices you can check out to see how your state and hospital ranks among the others. Just remember that the hospitals don’t give awful care to patients, it’s just that compared to others, they are of inferior performance. The goal of studies like this is to make all the hospitals competitive so they will always give their best and continually improve. Even though most of the hospitals have improved, there is still a wide gap seen between the best and worst ones. Until all the hospitals can give the best medical attention to all its patients, this study won’t stop. But even until then, researches like this are still important, so as not to let the guard down. Without this research, hospitals won’t have the incentive to care for patients, because no one notices them anyway.

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