The personal-finance website WalletHub has released its report on 2017’s Best & Worst States for Children's Health Care.

In order to determine which states offer the most cost-effective and highest-quality health care for children, WalletHub’s analysts compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 28 key metrics. The data set ranges from share of children aged 0 to 17 in excellent or very good health to pediatricians and family doctors per capita.

Source: WalletHub

Best vs. Worst

  • Massachusetts has the lowest share of uninsured children aged 0 to 17, 1.5 percent, which is 8.7 times lower than in Nevada, registering the highest at 13.0 percent.
  • New Hampshire has the fewest infant deaths per 1,000 live births, 4.2, which is 2.2 times fewer than in Mississippi, registering the most at 9.3.
  • Hawaii has the lowest share of children aged 0 to 17 with unaffordable medical bills, 6.4 percent, which is 2.5 times lower than in Nevada, registering the highest at 15.8 percent.
  • The District of Columbia has the most pediatricians per 100,000 residents, 52.51, which is 28.2 times more than in Idaho, registering the fewest at 1.86.
  • Oregon has the lowest share of obese children aged 10 to 17, 9.9 percent, which is 2.2 times lower than in Mississippi, registering the highest at 21.7 percent.
  • Vermont has the highest share of children who had both medical and dental preventive-care visits in the past 12 months, 81.4 percent, which is 1.5 times higher than in Nevada, registering the lowest at 56.0 percent.
  • Michigan has the highest share of dentists participating in Medicaid for child dental services, 91.7 percent, which is 4.5 times higher than in Ohio, registering the lowest at 20.4 percent.

Best States for Children's Health Care

1. Vermont

2. Massachusetts

3. Connecticut

4. Iowa

5. New Hampshire

6. Hawaii

7. Rhode Island

8. Delaware

9. District of Columbia

10. Minnesota

Worst States for Children's Health Care

42. Oklahoma

43. South Carolina

44. Arkansas

45. Georgia

46. Montana

47. Texas

48. Alaska

49. Arizona

50. Mississippi

51. Nevada

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