Nationally, 10 percent of the population under age 65 have no health insurance. In Nevada, it’s 13 percent.
Nationally, there is one primary care doctor for every 1,330 people. In Nevada, it’s one per 1,760.
Those are among health rankings in a study from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. In addition to clinical care measures like the rate of uninsured and the number of doctors, the study also measures health outcomes (low birth weight or premature death, for example), and health factors, including social, economic and environmental conditions that have more of an impact on health than health care.
Nevadans smoke (16 percent), drink excessively (18 percent), and fail to exercise (22 percent) at or even below national rates. And in Nevada, 78 percent of the workforce drives to work alone. That’s more or less typical — nationally, 76 percent of the workforce drives to work alone.
Nevada also fares at or near national measures in some health outcomes, including premature deaths, low birth weights, and poor physical health days.
Statewide health findings are driven by the population concentration in Clark County. But the national report also ranks the health of counties within each state. In Nevada, of 15 counties ranked (Esmeralda and Eureka counties were not ranked), Douglas County was ranked highest for health factors, and second highest in health outcomes. Nye County ranked last in health outcomes, and next to last in health factors.
Overall, Lincoln County was ranked first, and Nye County last.