Vitals ranks America's top cities for access to health care

LYNDHURST, N.J. — What’s the best U.S. city for health care? According to the Vitals Index second annual report on “America’s Top Cities for Access to Health Care,” Cleveland takes the top spot.

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 No. 5 on the list this year. Minneapolis, Milwaukee, and Kansas City made up spots No. 2, No. 3 and No. 4, respectively.

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 No. 46, need more doctors and hospitals in order to keep pace with their population growth, Vitals stated.

“Cities — along with rural areas — need to address the large disparities that exist in accessing care across the nation” stated 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.

Click here to see the full list of city rankings.


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