A new study has ranked US states from best to worst for healthcare.

WalletHub, a personal finance website, compared all 50 states and the District of Colombia, on cost, access and outcomes.

These are the top 10 best states in the US for healthcare in 2019
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Minnesota, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, District of Columbia and Vermont came top of the list.

At the bottom? Alaska, North Carolina, Mississippi, South Carolina and Arkansas.

The study was based on 43 metrics including life expectancy, monthly insurance premiums, insured rates and costs of medical visits.

The cost of health

The United States spends more on healthcare than any other country in the world. In 2017, 17.9% of US GDP went on healthcare. Put another way, that’s more than $10,500 per person per year.

But despite spending roughly twice as much as other high-income countries on medical care, the US lags behind its peers on key health measures such as insurance coverage, life expectancy and infant mortality rates.

What is the World Economic Forum’s Sustainable Development Impact summit?

It’s an annual meeting featuring top examples of public-private cooperation and Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies being used to develop the sustainable development agenda.

It runs alongside the United Nations General Assembly, which this year features a one-day climate summit. This is timely given rising public fears – and citizen action – over weather conditions, pollution, ocean health and dwindling wildlife. It also reflects the understanding of the growing business case for action.

The UN’s Strategic Development Goals and the Paris Agreement provide the architecture for resolving many of these challenges. But to achieve this, we need to change the patterns of production, operation and consumption.

The World Economic Forum’s work is key, with the summit offering the opportunity to debate, discuss and engage on these issues at a global policy level.

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare or the ACA, expanded access to healthcare. But last year the rate and number of uninsured Americans increased for the first time in a decade. Some 8.5% of the US population didn’t have health insurance at all in 2018, compared to 7.9% in 2017, according to new figures from the US Census Bureau.