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Oklahoma ranked 39th in health care

Individuals can encounter challenges when it comes to getting the health care they need. Examples include difficulties in getting access to certain health services and difficulties connected to the costs of such services. Among the things that can impact what challenges people face on this front is where they live, as states differ in a variety of ways when it comes to their overall health care systems.

How does Oklahoma rank when it comes to health care? Unfortunately, a WalletHub report puts the state well within the bottom half of the country on this count.

The report looked at factors covering health care costs, access and outcomes for the states and Washington D.C. Through this analysis, the report gave out overall rankings for health care.

Oklahoma was ranked 39th overall for health care in the report. The state also ranked in the bottom half for all three of the categories the reviewed health-care-related factors fell into. It was ranked No. 28 for costs, No. 29 for access and No. 46 for outcomes.

What do you see as the biggest challenges individuals here in Oklahoma face when it comes to meeting their health care needs?

There are a variety of things that could help individuals with addressing the challenges that can come up in relation to health care. One thing that has the potential to be a big help with the costs related to getting needed care is health care insurance.

However, individuals can sometimes face challenges in getting their health insurance company to cover the costs related to the health care services they need. For example, their insurer may contest whether a given treatment a doctor has recommended is actually medically necessary. Facing such barriers can be very discouraging and disheartening. However, such barriers might not represent a dead end; there may be ways to fight though them. Individuals who have encountered problems with their health insurer in relation to a claim can seek out guidance on what options they have in this regard from insurance lawyers.

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