Health care in America is a hot topic no matter where you live, but a study by found there are sharp divisions from state to state.

In its second-annual health care study, analyzed eight factors based on data from the U.S. Census Bureau and the Kaiser Family Foundation. Those factors are: health insurance coverage, self-reported health status, child immunization coverage, infant mortality rates, adequacy of nursing home staffing, adequacy of medical office staffing, hospital affordability and health insurance affordability.

Based on an average ranking of the criteria, here are the top 10 best states for health care:

9. Tennessee (tie)

Though tied with South Dakota for ninth, Tennessee's health-care characteristics are very different. It finished third in in-patient expenses and sixth in self-reported health status. It scored low for health insurance affordability, doctors' office staffing and annual health-care premium affordability.

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