South Carolina dropped seven spots and slipped from a C to a D-plus grade in the 2014 report card on America’s emergency care environment by the American College of Emergency Physicians.
The drop from 26th among the 50 states and the District of Columbia to 33rd was blamed on increasing rates of uninsured and underinsured, a shortage of health care professionals and high fatality rates for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians.
The ACEP is a tough grader. It gave one F (Wyoming), 23 Ds, 23 Cs and four Bs (Nebraska, Maine, Massachusetts and Washington, D.C.). No state earned an A.
Some of the statistics used might not reflect current conditions. South Carolina was graded down because its rate of uninsured children rose from 10.7 percent to 13.3 percent. But in the recent America’s Health Ranking, United Health Foundation improved South Carolina’s grade in part because the state has added 103,000 children to its Medicaid rolls.
Here are South Carolina’s plusses and minuses from the ACEP report: