#7 - Albany, NY - 2014 Top 10 Cities for Affordable Health Care | Livability
With 10 area hospitals and an average consumer health-care spending level that is 22 percent below the rest of the country, Albany, N.Y., stakes a claim as one of the top cities for affordable health care. Anchoring New York’s Tech Valley, a rapidly growing area that encompasses the Hudson and Mohawk valleys, Adirondacks/North Country and Capital Region, Albany continues to attract new residents with its historic charm and creative culture. The city’s high ratio of physicians to residents (1-1,070) and a clean environmental record make it a good choice for those looking for a place to live.
Overlooking the Hudson River, Albany leads upstate New York in sustainable living while offering a vibrant, active urban center. The University of Albany’s College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering helps bring in high-tech companies like Sematech and IBM, which in turn have lured entrepreneurs. Downtown Albany features captivating architecture, with buildings dating to the 1700s, along with a collection of modern entertainment venues, restaurants and art galleries. Recreation centers, swimming pools, athletic fields and dog parks give residents plenty of ways to stay active. Ice skating, snowshoeing and skiing are easily accessible during winter months.
St. Peter’s Hospital has twice been awarded Magnet designation by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. The hospital is recognized as high-performing in 11 specialties, according to U.S. News and World Report. One of the largest private employers in the Capital Region, Albany Medical Center includes Albany Medical College and the region’s largest physician practice, with more than 400 doctors.
• 10 hospitals
• Low spending on health care (22 points below national average)
• Clean water
• Cost of Heart Valve Surgery - $45,366*
• Office Visit, New Patient (minor problem) - $79*
*According to the Healthcare Bluebook