PORTLAND, Maine — New federal figures indicate New Hampshire and Maine have some of the nation’s best health care.
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality ranks New Hampshire first, followed by Wisconsin, Minnesota, Maine and Rhode Island. Maine moved up from 12th place overall the previous year, the biggest one-year improvement for any state.
Vermont is also ranked above average.
The annual rankings are based on a list of measures, such as the rate of eye and foot exams for diabetes patients and the mortality rates for cancer patients.
In Maine, some experts say a big reason for the improvement is that Maine patients, employers and insurance companies are learning to shop around for high-quality care.
Care Rankings for Maine: