Iowa Ranks Second in Overall Health Care Cost, Quality

Iowa ranks second in the nation for overall health care quality, a new analysis by WalletHub has found. The analysis compared all 50 states across 35 measures of cost, accessibility and outcome. While Iowa ranked high in all measures, it was number two for health care costs. And in another recent WalletHub study, Iowa ranked fourth in the nation for children’s health care and second for lowest infant mortality rate.

Iowa has shown consistently high performance year after year, even across other reports. Iowa ranks sixth in the nation for overall health care quality, according to a new report released by the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). Using the most recent data available, the report ranks states on more than 130 statistical measures to evaluate health care performance.

Of the measures used in the AHRQ study, 60 were above the benchmark and 49 were close to the benchmark for Iowa. Notably, the best scores in Iowa were based on care provided by hospitals, placing Iowa’s hospitals in the “strong” category with 22 of the 24 total hospital measures above or close to the benchmark. Specifically, Iowa had strong rankings in patient safety, effective treatment, healthy living, chronic care and ambulatory and hospital care.

Similarly, Iowa ranks sixth in the nation for overall health care access, quality and outcomes, according to the Commonwealth Fund’s 2017 report, “Aiming Higher: Results from a Scorecard on State Health System Performance.” This report ranks states on more than 40 measures of health system performance in five categories: access and affordability, prevention and treatment, avoidable hospital use and cost, healthy lives and equity.