A new study was conducted by Healthcare Inc. and has ranked Oklahoma as the worst state in the Nation for senior healthcare. The report lists the states from best to worst and uses factors like medical costs, doctors per capita, prescription costs, life expectancy, retirement facilities and other senior medical related elements to compile the list and rank the states. The report was published at www.medicareguide.com visit the official site to see how all the states performed. Oklahoma is at the very, very bottom of the list, even after the District of Columbia which is also listed making the Sooner State #51 overall. That's pathetic! 

As more and more Americans reach retirement age (65) there's a serious need nationwide to make improvements to the healthcare system to accommodate the increasing numbers of seniors. Medicare is doing what it can and most, if not all seniors rely on Medicare for their healthcare needs, but it's not enough. Plus, even with Medicare it really depends on where you live as to what kind and quality of services you'll receive. It varies greatly from state to state. Some places are a lot better than others and offer great access and affordability to seniors. Unfortunately Oklahoma isn't among them according to this study.

It looks like Oklahoma has a lot of work to do when it comes to senior healthcare and the quality of life for seniors in the state. Hopefully Oklahoma legislators and healthcare professionals will get together and start working to improve this ASAP. We should be doing everything we can to take care of our elderly Oklahomans and make sure they're getting the medical attention and treatment they deserve. I'm still a few years away from retirement age but I'd hate to pick up and move retiring somewhere else just so I could get the healthcare my family and I need. I know a few people who are moving away for this very reason, it's sad.

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Stacker used data from the 2020 County Health Rankings to rank every state's average life expectancy from lowest to highest. The 2020 County Health Rankings values were calculated using mortality counts from the 2016-2018 National Center for Health Statistics. The U.S. Census 2019 American Community Survey and America's Health Rankings Senior Report 2019 data were also used to provide demographics on the senior population of each state and the state's rank on senior health care, respectively.

Read on to learn the average life expectancy in each state.