Second Annual Report Finds Cleveland Has High Ratio of Hospitals and Doctors
LYNDHURST, NJ – May 29, 2014 – When it comes to getting top-ranked care from well-respected doctors, chances are the nation’s largest cities spring to mind. But, according to the Vitals Index second annual report on America’s Top Cities for Access to Health Care, Cleveland ranks as the best place for health care in the nation.
America’s Comeback City has the highest per-capita ratio of both hospitals and primary care physicians per resident. Cleveland toppled Boston, which held the top spot in 2013, but moved to #5 on the list this year. Minneapolis, Milwaukee, and Kansas City made up spots #2, #3 and #4.
As issues like doctor shortages and rising costs become more burdensome, easy access to quality health care becomes more important to the aging American population. Large metropolises, like Los Angeles, which was ranked #46, need more doctors and hospitals in order to keep pace with their population growth.
“Cities – along with rural areas – need to address the large disparities that exist in accessing care across the nation” said Mitch Rothschild, CEO of Vitals. “The rise of alternative care facilities, along with more nurse practitioners and the advancement of telemedicine technology all can help bring more affordable quality care options to consumers.”
To create the list of America’s Top Cities for Access to Health Care, Vitals analyzed the number of hospitals and primary care physicians available in each city on a per-capita basis. Patient-reported metrics such as doctor quality, ease of getting an appointment and wait times at appointments were also calculated into the final rankings.
The top ten cities in order:
#4 Kansas City
#7 Miami (tie)
More cities are listed below:
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