Fact Check: Is Colorado One of the Leading States for Healthcare?

June 24, 2019 / Commonwealth Fund
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Colorado ranks 9th in the nation overall, according to the Commonwealth Fund’s Scorecard on State Health System Performance

Claim: Is Colorado’s healthcare system one of the best in the country?

Fact: The Commonwealth Fund – a New York-based healthcare foundation – published a report earlier this month showing Colorado is a leading state for healthcare.

Colorado ranks 9th in the nation overall, according to the Commonwealth Fund’s Scorecard on State Health System Performance. This rank also means Colorado is the #1 state for healthcare in the Rocky Mountain region, the report concluded.

This is just the latest scorecard putting Colorado in the nation’s top 10 states for healthcare. In 2018, for example, U.S. News and World Report also found Colorado has the nation’s 9th best healthcare system and the United Health Foundation’s rankings listed Colorado in 8th place. More recently, safety scores from hospital transparency group Leapfrog ranked Colorado 10th in the nation.

In addition to these statewide scores, IBM Watson Health says Colorado is home to six of the nation’s Top 100 hospitals. Similarly, HealthGrades says we have five of the nation’s Top 100 hospitals in Colorado.

“[Colorado] ranks in the top 10 states on about three out of five categories that we look at,” Sara Collins, vice president for health care coverage and access at The Commonwealth Fund, told Colorado Public Radio. “And it is also the top-ranked state regionally, so it performs the best out of the Rocky Mountain states.”

The Commonwealth Fund’s report provides helpful comparisons between Colorado and national averages for individual indicators. The report finds Colorado does significantly better than the national average in terms of access and affordability, prevention and treatment.