North Carolina ranks near bottom for health care August 23, 2019 Chatham News + Record Share Tweet SUMMARY: As reported in the Chatham News + Record, a survey released by Wallet Hub assessed each state and the District of Columbia in three health care categories: cost, access and outcomes. In the final report issued by the group on North Carolinians’ access to quality health care, North Carolina ranked 50th. The rankings for access to quality health care were based on such factors as the number of hospital beds per capita, wait times for patients, and the quality of the public hospital system. It also considered how many physicians, nurses, and other specialists were in each state relative to the population. The report relied on governmental data sources such as the U.S. Census, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and Centers for Disease Control.