When it comes to healthcare, South Carolina is not at the top of the list. According to a report from the United Health Foundation, South Carolina ranks ninth among the least healthy states in the US. Of the 10 least healthy states, nine are located in the South, including South Carolina, West Virginia, Mississippi, Kentucky, Alabama, Arkansas, Tennessee, Louisiana and Oklahoma. South Carolina has a high premature mortality rate of 410.6 deaths before age 75 per 100,000 residents.
Additionally, South Carolina ranks 44th out of 50 states in terms of access to clinical care. Oklahoma, Texas and Arizona are the three states that rank lower than South Carolina. On the other hand, there are some states that have better healthcare systems than South Carolina. The states with the best health care in the US are those where people are generally healthier, have access to health care services and are least likely to be uninsured.
The best states for health care are found across the country from Hawaii to Rhode Island. Interestingly, four of the top 10 states on this list are located in the Northeast. For example, USA ranks 17th with 10.8% uninsured population; North Carolina is 16th with 11.3% uninsured population; West Virginia is 15th with 6.7% uninsured population; and Oklahoma is 14th with 5.9% uninsured population.