RI Ranked 7th Best in U.S. for Children’s Healthcare

Tuesday, April 25, 2017


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RI ranks as one of best states in U.S. for children's healthcare

Rhode Island is one of the best states in the country when it comes to children’s healthcare. 

According to a recent study completed by WalletHub, Rhode Island is the 7th best state for children’s healthcare in the U.S. 

“Raising a child in America is more expensive than ever, 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. Per-capita spending on children’s healthcare in 2014 reached $2,660 — having increased by more than 5 percent every year since 2010 — due mainly to rising health costs, according to a recent report from the Health Cost Institute,” said WalletHub. 

RI’s Rankings 

  • 21st– % of Children Aged 0–17 in Excellent/Very Good Health
  • 13th– % of Uninsured Children Aged 0–17
  • 19th– Infant-Death Rate
  • 18th– % of Children Aged 0–17 with Unaffordable Medical Bills
  • 17th– Pediatricians & Family Doctors per Capita
  • 21st– % of Overweight Children Aged 10–17
  • 11th– % of Obese Children Aged 10–17
  • 13th– % of Children Aged 1–17 with Excellent/Very Good Teeth
  • 6th– % of Children Aged 0–17 with Medical & Dental Preventive-Care Visits in Past Year
  • 4th- % Kids’ Oral Health Rank 
  • 9th- % Kids’ Health & Access to Health Care Rank 


The Rankings 

Rhode Island ranks directly behind New Hampshire and Hawaii, who rank 5th and 6th respectively. Rhode Island ranks ahead of Delaware and the District of Columbia, who rank 8th and 9th respectively. 

Vermont is ranked as the best state in the country for children’s healthcare, while Nevada is ranked as the worst state in the country. 

See the full rankings in the map below 

Source: WalletHub

The Method 

In order to determine the best and worst states for children’s healthcare, WalletHub’s analysts compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across three key dimensions: 1) Kids’ Health & Access to Healthcare, 2) Kids’ Nutrition, Physical Activity & Obesity and 3) Kids’ Oral Health.

They evaluated these categories using 28 relevant metrics. Each metric was graded on a 100-point scale, with 100 representing the best healthcare for children.

WalletHub then calculated overall scores for each state and the District of Columbia based on its weighted average across all metrics and used the resulting scores to construct our final ranking.

Kids’ Health & Access to Healthcare – Total Points: 55

  • Share of Children Aged 0 to 17 in Excellent/Very Good Health: Double Weight (~10.00 Points)
  • Infant-Death Rate: Full Weight (~5.00 Points)
  • Child-Death Rate: Full Weight (~5.00 Points)
  • Share of Children Aged 19 to 35 Months with All Seven Recommended Vaccines: Full Weight (~5.00 Points)
  • Share of Uninsured Children Aged 0 to 17: Double Weight (~10.00 Points)
  • Share of Children Aged 0 to 17 with Unaffordable Medical Bills: Full Weight (~5.00 Points)
  • Pediatricians & Family Doctors per Capita: Full Weight (~5.00 Points)
  • Cost of Doctor’s Visit: Full Weight (~5.00 Points)
  • Number of Children’s Hospitals per Total Number of Children: Full Weight (~5.00 Points)


Kids’ Nutrition, Physical Activity & Obesity – Total Points: 40

  • Healthy-Food Access: Full Weight (~3.33 Points)
  • Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Consumption Among Children Aged 14 to 18: Full Weight (~3.33 Points)
  • Share of Children Aged 14 to 18 Who Consume Fruits/Vegetables Less than Once Daily: Full Weight (~3.34 Points)
  • Fast-Food Restaurants per Capita: Full Weight (~3.33 Points)
  • Dietitians & Nutritionists per Capita: Full Weight (~3.33 Points)
  • Share of Children Aged 6 to 17 Who Exercise or Play at Least 20 Minutes per Day: Full Weight (~3.33 Points)
  • Share of Overweight Children Aged 10 to 17: Double Weight (~6.67 Points)
  • Share of Obese Children Aged 10 to 17: Double Weight (~6.67 Points)
  • Presence of Obesity-Related School Standards: Full Weight (~3.33 Points)
  • Presence of Obesity-Related State Initiatives: Full Weight (~3.33 Points)


Kids’ Oral Health – Total Points: 5

  • Share of Children Aged 1 to 17 with Excellent/Very Good Teeth: Double Weight (~0.91 Points)
  • Share of Children Aged 0 to 17 Who Had Both Medical & Dental Preventive-Care Visits in Past 12 Months: Double Weight (~0.91 Points)
  • Share of Children Aged 0 to 17 Lacking Access to Fluoridated Water: Full Weight (~0.45 Points)
  • Presence of State Oral Health Plan: Full Weight (~0.45 Points)
  • Presence of School-Based Dental-Sealant Programs: Full Weight (~0.45 Points)
  • Dental Treatment Costs: Full Weight (~0.45 Points)
  • Presence of State Mandate for Dental-Health Screening: Full Weight (~0.45 Points)
  • Share of Dentists Participating in Medicaid for Child Dental Services: Full Weight (~0.45 Points)
  • Dentists per Capita: Full Weight (~0.45 Points)

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