South Carolina

Ranking Highlights

2019 RankChange from Baseline
Overall Ranking41-3
Access and Affordability41-4
Prevention and Treatment42-22
Avoidable Hospital Use and Cost250
Healthy Lives40+2
Medicaid ExpansionNo


South CarolinaAverage
Total Population4,933,516320,842,721
Median Household Income$52,582$65,727
Below 200% of Federal Poverty Level (FPL)36%31%
% White Race, Non-Hispanic64%61%
% Black Race, Non-Hispanic27%12%
% Other Race, Non-Hispanic4%9%
% Hispanic Ethnicithy6%18%
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Top Ranked Indicators

  • Home health patients without improved mobility
  • Nursing home residents with an antipsychotic medication
  • Hospital 30-day readmission rate age 65 and older

Bottom Ranked Indicators

  • Adults who are obese
  • Elderly patients who received a high-risk prescription drug
  • Children who did not receive needed mental health care

Most Improved Indicators

  • Home health patients without improved mobility
  • Adults who went without care because of cost
  • Uninsured adults

Indicators That Worsened the Most

  • Hospital 30-day mortality
  • Children without a medical and dental preventive care visit
  • Children who did not receive needed mental health care

Comparison with the U.S. Average

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Estimated Gains South Carolina Could Expect if Performance Improves to Match Top States

Top State in the U.S.Top State in the Southeast regionGains for South Carolina
393,461283,329more adults and children, beyond those who already gained coverage through the ACA, would be insured
269,512115,505fewer adults would skip needed care because of its cost
207,360115,200more adults would receive age- and gender-appropriate cancer screenings
12,6526,748more children (ages 19-35 months) would receive all recommended vaccines
27,4600fewer employer-insured adults and elderly Medicare beneficiaries would seek care in emergency departments for nonemergent or primary-care-treatable conditions
2,065882fewer premature deaths (before age 75) would occur from causes that are potentially treatable or preventable with timely and appropriate care

Estimated impact if this state’s performance improved to the rate of two benchmark levels — a national benchmark set at the level of the best-performing state and a regional benchmark set at the level of the top-performing state in region ( Great Lakes, Mid-Atlantic, New England, Plains, Rocky Mountains, Southeast, Southwest, West). Benchmark states have an estimated impact of zero (0).