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In national health care rankings, North Carolina is chronically ill


Graphics: Commonwealth Fund The Commonwealth Fund , a nonprofit that promotes high-quality health systems, publishes a scorecard each year that ranks states on 56 benchmarks, such as healthcare access, health disparities, and quality. The nonprofit added seven benchmarks related to COVID-19 to this year’s scorecard, including “excess deaths.”

Overall, North Carolina ranked 34 th of 51. (The District of Columbia is included in the rankings with the 50 states.) North Carolina ranked better than most states in the Southeast, but lagged behind neighboring Virginia, which came in 20th. Hawaii was No. 1 and Mississippi was 51st.

Most of the state with the highest number of uninsured adults have not expanded Medicaid. North Carolina is among those non-expansion states, and 15.7% of adults were uninsured in 2020, placing the state near the bottom.

North Carolina was one of 16 states where more than 80% of hospital ICU beds were occupied for more than 150 days between Aug. 1, 2020, and March 31, 2022. The state ranked 41st in days of high ICU stress, with 251.

Between Feb. 1, 2020, and April 23, 2022, North Carolina had 344.7 excess deaths per 100,000 people , according to the report, lower than the national average. Excess deaths […]

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