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How healthy is your state?

December 17, 2012 in health care costs, lifestyle, News

Vermont is no. 1, again, in the annual health ranking of states from the United Health Foundation. Here’s more from the foundation’s summary:

Hawaii is ranked second this year. New Hampshire is third, followed by Massachusetts and Minnesota. Mississippi and Louisiana tie for 49th as the least healthy states. Arkansas, West Virginia, and South Carolina complete the bottom 5 states.

My state, Massachusetts, is 4th overall, but 40th when it comes to binge drinking (is that because we have so many universities?) and we have a high rate of preventable hospitalizations (is this a case of supply driving demand?).

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