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Is Wisconsin or Hawaii the healthiest US state?

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: (Published 21 June 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:1293
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. New York

    Two different analyses of US health care have found two different answers. The federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality used 129 quality measurements and concluded that Wisconsin was the healthiest US state. The non-profit making Commonwealth Fund rated states on 32 health measures, and Hawaii came out best.

    The federal agency focused on the quality of the health system's performance. The Commonwealth Fund study also considered access to care and health outcomes, said Dina Belloff, senior policy analyst with the Rutgers Center for State Health Policy and an author of the Commonwealth Fund study.

    The reports are part of efforts by the federal government, …

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