South Carolina

Ranking Highlights

2020 RankChange from Baseline
Overall Ranking37+1
Access and Affordability37+3
Prevention and Treatment43-19
Avoidable Hospital Use and Cost16+5
Healthy Lives38+2
Medicaid Expansion (as of Jan. 2018)No


South CarolinaAverage
Total Population4,995,934322,324,172
Median Household Income$55,720$67,877
Below 200% of Federal Poverty Level (FPL)35%30%
% White Race, Non-Hispanic64%60%
% Black Race, Non-Hispanic26%12%
% Other Race, Non-Hispanic4%9%
% Hispanic Ethnicity6%18%
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Top Ranked Indicators

  • Primary care spending as share of total, age 65 and older
  • Nursing home residents with an antipsychotic medication
  • Home health patients without improved mobility

Bottom Ranked Indicators

  • Elderly patients who received a high-risk prescription drug
  • Children who are overweight or obese
  • Children who did not receive needed mental health care

Most Improved Indicators

  • Home health patients without improved mobility
  • Central line-associated blood stream infection (CLABSI)
  • Colorectal cancer deaths

Indicators That Worsened the Most

  • Adults with any mental illness reporting unmet need
  • Hospital 30-day mortality
  • Children who did not receive needed mental health care

Comparison with the U.S. Average

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Estimated Gains South Carolina Could Expect if Performance Improves to Match Top States

Top State in the U.S.Top State in the Southeast regionGains for South Carolina
399,434258,426more adults and children would be insured
350,423116,808fewer adults would skip needed care because of its cost
187,96470,487more adults would receive age- and gender-appropriate cancer screenings
7,4564,971more children (ages 19–35 months) would receive all recommended vaccines
29,7000fewer employer-insured adults and elderly Medicare beneficiaries would seek care in emergency departments for nonemergent or primary-care-treatable conditions
2,135922fewer premature deaths (before age 75) would occur from causes that are potentially treatable or preventable with timely and appropriate care

Estimated impact if this state’s performance improved to the rate of two benchmark levels — a national benchmark set at the level of the best-performing state and a regional benchmark set at the level of the top-performing state in region ( Great Lakes, Mid-Atlantic, New England, Plains, Rocky Mountains, Southeast, Southwest, West). Benchmark states have an estimated impact of zero (0).