Getting sick in New York can mean that you are being treated in a crowded and under-performing hospital, a new study shows.
The Empire State has one of the lowest number of hospitals per resident, according to a national analysis of hospitals.
In a state with 19.5 million inhabitants – almost half of whom live in New York City – there was only one hospital per 100,000 people, compared to South Dakota with 8.9.
In addition, more than 40 percent of New York's medical centers score below the national average for providing quality care, while hospitals in the central and western US scored higher.
New York and Maryland came first for the worst hospital-to-population ratio at one hospital per 100,000 residents
TOP 10 STATES WITH HOSPITALS ABOVE THE NATIONAL AVERAGE …
5. South Dakota
… AND ABOVE 10 STATES UNDER THE NATIONAL AVERAGE
1. New York
2. New Jersey
10. Rhode Island
For the study, the team looked at data from the Homeland Infrastructure Foundation level, the Kaiser Family Foundation, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the Health Care Cost Institute.
Researchers then analyzed 7,570 hospitals – including general care, soldiers, children and psychiatric centers – in all 50 states to measure costs, care and quality.
They discovered that Midwestern states often have a high number of hospitals to populations.
South Dakota was the first to come in with 8.9 hospitals per 100,000 people, closely followed by North Dakota with 7.4.
Meanwhile, the east coast states had the lowest number of hospitals, with New York and Maryland being the first to be tied to one hospital per 100,000 residents.
But the researchers say that people in rural areas are still fighting to receive adequate care.
A 2018 Pew Research Center report discovered that while most residents of the city live an average of 4.4 miles away from the nearest hospital, rural Americans live an average of 16 km away.
& # 39; This is probably due to the nature of urban and rural areas, with urban areas with a higher population density & # 39 ;, the new study wrote.
& # 39; If the population of a state is in one area, a single hospital in a convenient location may be accessible to a large proportion of the population. & # 39;
Despite the poorer travel time, the study showed that rural hospitals offered better quality care.
Researchers were of the opinion that especially Central American and West American hospitals scored above the national average in measures such as the use of medical imaging, death rates, takeover rates and timeliness.
New Hampshire had the highest increase in inpatient out-of-pocket spending by nearly 25 percent from 2013 to 2017 at $ 1,166
Utah first came with 40.7 percent of hospitals ranked above the national average, followed by Wisconsin, Idaho, Nebraska and South Dakota.
New York was named the state with the most medical centers at 41.7 percent below the national average.
Rounding out the bottom five were New Jersey, Delaware, Nevada and Maryland.
A recent one US News and World Report named three New York City hospitals – New York-Presbyterian Hospital-Columbia and Cornell, NYU Langone Hospitals and Mount Sinai Hospital – in the list of the 20 best hospitals in the country.
But the authors of the new study say that the city's public hospital system, NYC Health + Hospitals, has had financial implications due to layoffs and other cost-saving measures.
The northeast also dominated when it came to the largest increase in own costs.
New Hampshire was the first, with expenditures rising by nearly 25 percent from 2013 to 2017 at $ 1,166. New York came in third with a 23.5 percent increase to $ 1,231.
Montana saw the largest decrease in own costs during the four-year period, although patients still pay on average $ 1,209.
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