The Commonwealth Fund revealed its annual scorecard on state health systems earlier this month and Arizona’s ranks 29 in the country for overall performance.
Unfortunately, Arizona fell into the “worse than average overall performance” half of the spectrum. A majority of scorecard indicators came out as showing little or no change YOY whereas 15 out of 37 indicators measured either fell into the greatly improved or improved categories.
- Access and affordability
- Prevention and treatment
- Avoidable hospital use and cost
- Healthy lives
For access, Arizona ranked 42nd among states overall, 39th for prevention and treatment, 17th for both avoidable hospital use and healthy lives, and 13th for disparity. The state ranking is out of 51 states overall.
The scorecard also measures the estimated rate of improvement, calculating the outcome for certain factors if Arizona improved to the level of the best performing state—now Hawaii. According to those results, 406,164 more adults (ages 18 to 64) would be insured and more likely to receive healthcare when needed and 120,081 more children ages 0 to 18 would also be covered by health insurance.
For more estimates concerning Arizona’s performance, visit the Health System Data Center.
To access the full Arizona scorecard click here.