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Best & worst states for health care: Where does Colorado rank?

Author: Erin Prater - August 7, 2018 - Updated: August 8, 2018

Colorado College hockey players make a craft with a pediatric patient at Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs in 2015. (Gazette file photo)

If you’re a fan of the Denver Broncos, Olathe Sweet Corn, Palisade peaches and magnificent mountain vistas, there’s no doubt — Colorado is, hands down, the best place to live.

But what if you’re a “heavy user” of health care?

A recent WalletHub survey compared all 50 states and the District of Columbia against 40 measures, taking into account factors such as the general health of state populations, common knowledge of best health practices, availability of advanced medical equipment and cost-effectiveness of care.

Where did Colorado rank?

Seventh best, according to the report, with a score of 62.69 percent — about four points under No. 1 Vermont, and a whopping 21 points above No. 51, Louisana.

Colorado also received notably positive marks in the categories of lowest heart disease rate (No. 4 under California) and lowest cancer rate (No. 5 under D.C.).

Of note: Colorado came in 19th in Wallethub’s April 2018 rankings of best and worst states for children’s health care.

You can view that survey here.

Erin Prater

Erin Prater

Erin Prater is Colorado Politics' digital editor. She is a multimedia journalist with 15 years of experience writing, editing and designing for newspapers, magazines, websites and publishing houses. Her previous positions include military reporter at The Gazette, general assignment reporter at The Huerfano County (Colo.) World, copy editor at David C. Cook publishing house and adjunct mass communication instructor at Pueblo Community College. Her bylines include The New York Times Upfront, The Argus Leader (Sioux Falls, S.D.), Military Spouse magazine and Omaha Magazine (Omaha, Neb.). Her syndicated bylines include The Denver Post,, and wire services.