Study: NC ranked last in the nation for minority health
Posted May 1, 2014
Raleigh, N.C. — A new nationwide study has found that North Carolina’s overall health care is ranked 36th out of 51 states and the District of Columbia, but when it comes to minority health, North Carolina is last in the nation.
The Commonwealth Fund, an independent non-partisan group, found that North Carolina has the nation's highest proportion of minority residents who don't have a regular health care provider. The state is second worst for the proportion of minority residents with no health insurance and third worst for at-risk minority adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past two years.
North Carolina has some of the nation's highest costs for employer health insurance, with premiums that are 13 percent higher than the national average, the report found. While the state ranked low in some areas, it improved in most areas since 2009.
The study looked at 42 indicators in all states through 2012. It does not take into account recent changes made through the Affordable Care Act.