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Analysis: Arizona in bottom half of US for health care

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PHOENIX — A recent analysis that ranked all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia for health care had Arizona far back in the pack.

WalletHub, a financial website that frequently compiles metrics to rank cities and states in various categories, released their 2017 Best & Worst States for Health Care, and Arizona came in at No. 32.

“We looked at health care in three different ways: cost, access and outcomes,” WalletHub analyst Jill Gonzalez said.

A bit of good news for Arizona was the analysis broke down individual metrics and put Arizona No. 1 in the country for lowest average monthly insurance premium; Gonzalez said Arizonans pay around $280 per month. Arizona ranked No. 3 for lowest cancer rate.

But Arizona was 49th in fewest hospital beds per capita and 48th in percentage of children insured between age 0 and 17.

The No. 1 overall state in WalletHub’s health care ranking? That honor belonged to Hawaii, while Louisiana was dead last.

KTAR News’ Jeremy Foster  contributed to this report.

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