SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- In Utah, cancer patients are more likely to die at home than are those in other states.
That is one of the reasons Utah has been named by Forbes magazine as the best state in which to die.
The rates were rated according to quality of health care; legal protection; cancer deaths in hospitals, nursing facilities and at home; levels of hospice care and estate taxes.
Matthew Herper, lead writer of the Forbes "Death and Dying" package, said, "One of the things in this (study) that swamps everything else is whether you are likely to die at home. I knew Utah was a place where you were more likely to do that."
Forbes found 63 percent of cancer deaths in Utah were at home.
Oregon, ranked as the second-best place to die, the rate of cancer deaths at home was at 56 percent.
Utah's health-care quality ranked fifth nationally, and also had one of the best death tax performances. The state was given only a B- grade for legal protections for the dying.
After Utah and Oregon, the best places to die were Delaware, Colorado, Hawaii, New Hampshire, Iowa, North Dakota, Vermont and Montana.
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