Why Lexington, Kentucky is the nation’s health care capital
Posted On July 23, 2021
KYW-TV | NBC News Lexington, KY, has the highest number of hospital beds per capita in the nation and has the fourth-highest rate of health care utilization.
It is also one of the nation.
Kentucky, the nation with the highest rate of hospitalization and health care spending per capita, is one of only three states with a high percentage of uninsured residents.
Kentucky ranks No. 1 in the country in the number of uninsured adults.
Its uninsured population was 13.9 percent in 2016.
The state has the sixth-highest percentage of residents with pre-existing conditions, according to the Commonwealth Fund.
Kentucky also has the fifth-highest percent of residents who have health insurance coverage, according the Commonwealth Foundation.
Lexington, KY has the third-highest number of people with asthma in the U.S. The city has the eighth-highest asthma rate among all U. S. metropolitan areas.
The rate is 12.3 percent in 2017.
The county has the ninth-highest total asthma rate of any U. A. state, according data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Lexington has the seventh-highest annual asthma attack rate among U. States cities, according health care data.
The state has one of highest rates of residents using medical marijuana, according state data.
The Lexington Herald-Leader reported that the state has more than 20,000 people using medical pot, compared to the 4,500 who used medical marijuana in the entire state.
According to the Centers, Kentucky had the sixth highest annual rate of asthma attacks in 2017, a new record for the state.
The asthma attack rates of Kentucky were 4.3 per 1,000 residents, according government data.