Vitals Ranks America’s Top Cities for Access to Health Care

Third Report Finds Miami Has High Ratio of Hospitals and Doctors to

LYNDHURST, N.J.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Cities often take pride in the level of amenities they offer their
residents, comparing the vitality of their art scenes, the number of
acclaimed restaurants, even the miles of bike paths. But how do American
metropolises compare when it comes to access to medical care?

According to the Vitals Index third report on America’s Top Cities for
Access to Health Care, Miami ranks as the best place for health care in
the nation. The Magic City ranks near the top for per-capita ratio of
both hospitals and primary care physicians, and it boasts short
appointment wait times.

Miami ousted Cleveland, the previous winner and home of the famed
Cleveland Clinic, the second largest hospital in America by revenues.
Other top cities in the rankings this year included Milwaukee, Omaha,
Cleveland and Seattle.

With 26 percent of Americans belonging to the aging Baby Boomer
generation and an increase in lifestyle diseases like obesity and
diabetes, access to health care is an important quality-of-life factor
in major cities. Large metropolises, like New York and Los Angeles
ranked in the bottom 10, with less doctors and hospitals per resident
than smaller cities.

“We’ve seen massive consolidation among hospitals – and there’s only a
fixed number of doctors graduating from medical schools to replace those
who are retiring,” said Mitch Rothschild, CEO of Vitals. “Luckily,
trained medical staff like doctor assistants and nurse practitioners
along with telemedicine and health apps can bring affordable quality
medicine to more people in both rural and urban areas.”

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,
data that’s part of Vitals’ collection of over 6 million reviews, were
also calculated into the final rankings.

The best cities for access to health care in 2016 are:
#1    Miami
#3    Omaha
#5    Seattle
#7    Boston
#9    Nashville

About Vitals

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We bring together cost and quality transparency along with innovative
consumer engagement programs to help people select high-quality,
lower-cost care. Vitals leads the market with incentive and engagement
programs that pay people to shop. Our solutions achieve measurable and
sustainable savings for consumers, employers and health plans. Vitals
helps more than 120 million people each year access better, more
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