Health System Data Center

Explore Regional Performance


Estimated Impact of Improving Performance


The State Scorecard enables states to compare their performance with that of other states across key indicators of health system performance. It provides states with achievable targets for improvement by assessing each state’s performance compared with the best performance attained by a state. By moving toward benchmark levels of health system performance, states could save lives, improve access to and quality of care, and reduce unnecessary spending.

  • Indicator
  • If PENNSYLVANIA's performance improved to the level of the best-performing for this indicator, then:
  • Adults ages 19-64 uninsured
  • 377,181
  • more adults (ages 18-64) would be covered by health insurance (public or private), and therefore would be more likely to receive health care when needed.
  • Children ages 0-18 uninsured
  • 86,485
  • more children (ages 0–17) would be covered by health insurance (public or private), and therefore would be more likely to receive health care when needed.
  • Adults who went without care because of cost in the past year
  • 493,496
  • fewer adults would go without needed health care because of cost.
  • Adults without a dental visit in past year
  • 296,098
  • more adults would have a dental visit at least annually.
  • Adults with a usual source of care
  • 197,398
  • more adults (age 18 and older) would have a usual source of care to help ensure that care is coordinated and accessible when needed.
  • Adults with age- and gender-appropriate cancer screenings
  • 519,241
  • more adults would receive age- and gender-appropriate recommended preventive care, such as colon cancer screenings, mammograms, and Pap smears
  • Adults with age-appropriate vaccines
  • 986,992
  • more adults would receive recommended vaccines
  • Elderly patients who received a high-risk prescription drug
  • 21,892
  • Fewer Medicare beneficiaries would receive an inappropriately prescribed medication.
  • Medicare 30-day hospital readmissions, per 1,000 beneficiaries
  • 5,109
  • fewer hospital readmissions would occur among Medicare beneficiaries (age 65 and older).
  • Potentially avoidable ED visits among Medicare beneficiaries, per 1,000 beneficiaries
  • 53,596
  • fewer emergency department visits for nonemergent or primary care-treatable conditions would occur among Medicare beneficiaries.
  • Mortality amenable to health care
  • 3,295
  • fewer premature deaths (before age 75) would occur from causes that are potentially treatable or preventable with timely and appropriate health care.
  • Breast cancer deaths per 100,000 female population
  • 427
  • fewer breast cancer deaths would occur.
  • Colorectal cancer deaths per 100,000 population
  • 542
  • fewer colorectal cancer deaths would occur.
  • Suicide deaths per 100,000 population
  • 693
  • fewer individuals might take their own lives.
  • Infant mortality, deaths per 1,000 live births
  • 352
  • more infants might live to see their first birthday.
  • Adults with poor health-related quality of life
  • 308,017
  • fewer adults would have poor health-related quality of life.
  • Adults who smoke
  • 888,293
  • fewer adults would smoke, reducing their risk of lung and heart disease.
  • Adults who are obese
  • 770,043
  • fewer adults would be obese, with body weights that increase their risk for disease and long-term complications.
  • Adults who have lost six or more teeth
  • 308,017
  • fewer adults (ages 18–64) would have lost six or more teeth to decay, infection, or gum disease.
  • Children with a medical and dental preventive care visit in the past year
  • 218,082
  • more children ages 0–17 would receive both routine preventive medical and dental care visits.
  • Children with a medical home
  • 272,602
  • More children (ages 0-17) would have a primary care medical home to help ensure that care is coordinated and accessible when needed
  • Individuals with high out-of-pocket medical spending
  • 208,529
  • fewer individuals would be burdened by high out-of-pocket spending on medical care.
  • Children who are overweight or obese
  • 52,269
  • fewer children (ages 10–17) would be overweight or obese, thus reducing the potential for poor health as they transition into adulthood.
  • Hospital admissions for pediatric asthma, per 100,000 children
  • 3,789
  • fewer children ages 2 to 17 would be hospitalized for asthma exacerbations.
  • Total Medicare (Parts A & B) reimbursements per enrollee
  • 3,173,386,176
  • Medicare dollars would be saved.
  • Total reimbursements per enrollee (ages 18-64) with employer-sponsored insurance
  • 84,966,578

D. C. Radley, D. McCarthy, and S. L. Hayes, Aiming Higher: Results from a Scorecard on State Health System Performance, 2017 Edition, The Commonwealth Fund, March 2017.


* This state was the best-performing state for this indicator.

The table shows the estimated impact if this state's performance improved to the rate of the best-performing state. (Refer to this state's individual performance profile to see actual rates.) These examples illustrate only a few important opportunities for improvement. Because some indicators affect the same individuals, these numbers should not be added.