Access, Costs, Quality Vary Widely by Area, Analysis Finds

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Regions of the Upper Midwest and Northeast ranked higher than communities in the Gulf Coast and South Central states, the report said.

A Commonwealth Fund analysis of more than 40 measures of healthcare access, quality and cost found major differences across 306 U.S. communities. The analysis, which looked at avoidable hospital visits, infant mortality, routine checkups and more than three dozen other measures, also found an association between greater access and better quality and outcomes, according to a newly released report by the health policy not-for-profit.