Navigating the health-care landscape can be a challenge for everyone. Across the country, health care expenses can put big dents in family budgets. With this in mind, Livability.com has named Lincoln a Top 10 City for Affordable Health Care, 2014. Lincoln offers some relief with the right prescription of low health-care spending; good access to hospitals, doctors and other providers; plus an excellent quality of life.
For this list of cities for affordable health care, editors not only measured affordability, but also took into account Esri survey data on average per capita spending on health care and related items. They factored in the number of area hospitals, the number of primary care physicians and dentists per capita, as well as quality of life.
And finally, they considered data used to determine the Top 100 Best Places to Live. Specifically, they looked at such factors as walkability, income, the number of farmers markets, and natural environment and climate – after all, overall health relates to living in a city with recreational amenities, thriving entertainment districts and cultural assets.
"Health-care costs are rising for most Americans, and the insurance marketplace is a complicated place,” says Livability.com editor Matt Carmichael. “We wanted to create a list of cities with quality, accessible and affordable health care. But equally importantly, we wanted these cities and towns to be good places to live, too.”
Lincoln, Neb., residents have 30 area hospitals from which to choose – the highest hospital total for a city on the Top 10 Cities for Affordable Health Care. Having all those choices helps keep medical expenses down for residents here, who (on average) spend 12 percent less on health-care costs each year than the rest of the nation. Lincoln’s clean environmental record, cultural offerings and recreational activities make it one of our Top 100 Best Places to Live in America.