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MA Advantage | Health

Massachusetts is poised to attract business expansion as a result of the healthy, safe, and productive workforce. The United Health Foundation ranked the Commonwealths’ overall health 6th in the nation by measuring criteria including low prevalence of obesity, high immunization coverage amongst children, and low infant mortality. In addition to the healthier workers, the safety of the employees is the best in the nation – ranked 1st in having the fewest occupational fatalities.

Beginning in 2006, accompanying the nationally recognized public school systems and low violent crime rate, Massachusetts signed a law to provide all residents access to health insurance. The benefit to business is the enhanced productivity of the Massachusetts worker – already one of the highest in the nation. Massachusetts is accredited for its high numbers of primary care physicians per 100,000/people, and the average citizen’s life expectancy is higher because of the investment in healthcare. In addition to great healthcare coverage for workers, Massachusetts has the highest percentage of children with health coverage in the country.1

The prestigious hospitals in Massachusetts have also gained much recognition for their high level of services, among them Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) of Boston. BWH is recognized for its excellence in patient care and biomedical research, a teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School. Mass General Hospital is yet another leading hospital in the nation, and was ranked fifth in US News & World Report‘s Honor Roll of America’s Best Hospitals.

There is nowhere in the state that doesn’t have access to an elevated level of service. In Springfield, Baystate Health was named as one of the “Top 100 Most Highly Integrated Healthcare Networks” in the US for the ninth consecutive year. In Southeast Massachusetts, the Southcoast Health System is the largest health care provider with general medical and surgical services to inpatients and outpatients at its three hospital sites and 40 satellite locations throughout the region.

The Massachusetts healthcare system is a plus for any business.