Raising a child in America is extremely expensive, costing the average parent over $230k, and health care accounts for a big chunk of the bill. And while more kids are insured today than at any other point in history, the higher coverage rate hasn’t translated to lower health costs for parents. For example, out of pocket costs for patients aged 0 to 18 increased by 18% between 2012 and 2016.
But it’s a different story in every state. WalletHub therefore compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 30 key indicators of cost, quality and access to children’s health care. Our data set ranges from share of children aged 0 to 17 in excellent or very good health to pediatricians and family doctors per capita. Read on for our findings, expert insight from a panel of researchers and a full description of our methodology.
Children’s Health Care in Louisiana (1=Best; 25=Avg.):
51st – % of Children in Excellent/Very Good Health
23rd – % of Uninsured Children
48th – Infant-Death Rate
16th – % of Children with Unaffordable Medical Bills
50th – Pediatricians & Family Doctors per Capita
26th – % of Overweight Children
45th – % of Obese Children
40th – % of Children with Excellent/Very Good Teeth
30th – % of Children with Medical & Dental Preventive-Care Visits in Past Year
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