Friday, December 11, 2015
Commonwealth Fund Scorecard: New York Ranked 13th in Overall State of Health
New York may be ranked 3rd for per capita health funding, but it is 40th when it comes to physical activity according to the 26th American’s Health Rankings Annual Report. In addition, New York was ranked 13th in the nation on a separate scorecard released yesterday by the nonprofit Commonwealth Fund, tying with Nebraska. This was a major improvement over last year, when the Empire State hit the list at number 19. In the meantime, Minnesota came in as number 1, followed by Vermont, Hawaii and Massachusetts, while the states with the lowest rankings were Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana. Mississippi was dead last.
New York also scored well when it came to premature death rate (5th), and low prevalence of smoking (4th), while other areas of improvement included lower fatalities among Medicare beneficiaries regarding pneumonia, heart attack and heart failure. However, New York also ranked 40th when it came to the rate of high school graduation.
Scores by the Commonwealth Fund were based on data accumulated between 2012-2014, covering 42 areas such as hospital re-admissions,, the percentage of uninsured adults and kids, as well as those who received recommended preventative care. . .
Editor's note: Complete Scorecard is available for download in our Resource section.