Hawaii is a popular destination for anyone seeking sun, sand, surf, or even volcanoes. It's also a top spot for affordable health care coverage.
As The New York Times reported this weekend, Hawaii has the lowest Medicare costs per beneficiary and is tied with North Dakota for the nation's lowest health care premiums. People in Hawaii also tend to live longer than those elsewhere in the United States. As we've mentioned before, Hawaii ranks as one of the top states when looking at health indicators that represent health care access, quality, costs, prevention and treatment, equity and health outcomes.
There are many different theories as to what causes relative health and longevity in Hawaii's population. April Donahue, executive director of the Hawaii Medical Association, told American Medical News Hawaii's population typically has a healthy diet. The Times interviewed a number of doctors and hospitals, and found answers ranging from an active population to a significant military presence to dominance by just a few non-profit insurers in the market.