South Carolina health insurance
A guide to affordable health insurance in the Palmetto State
How healthy is living in South Carolina? The state ranked 46th in the 2012 edition of America’s Health Rankings® by the United Health Foundation.
The good news:
- South Carolina has one of the country’s lowest binge drinking rates.
- The high school graduation rate increased by 3.8 percentage points from 2011 to 2012. However, the overall rate remains low at 66.0 percent.
The bad news:
- South Carolina has the country’s second-highest rate of diabetes; 12.1 percent of adults – 435,000 people have been diagnosed with the condition.
- Nearly 20 percent of people in the state do not have health insurance.
Rhode Island’s best and worst category rankings:
- Binge Drinking – 8th
- Preventable Hospitalizations – 24th
- High School Graduation Rate – 47th
- Low Birth Weight – 47th
- Children in Poverty – 48th
- Diabetes – 49th
For more details see the United Health Foundation’s latest findings on South Carolina.
Trust for America’s Health is another source for key South Carolina health quality findings.
In addition, 2010’s federal health reform, the Affordable Care Act (ACA), included the creation of a prevention fund to provide more than $16 billion over the next 10 years to invest in effective, proven prevention efforts, like childhood obesity prevention and tobacco cessation, and the site has a report on how it impacts South Carolina here.
Get local health results
State snapshot too large? Get county-by-county health rankings for South Carolina, from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Population Health Institute at the University of Wisconsin.