Amherst, ME Health


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Amherst, ME is a quaint town in the southern part of Maine. It is home to many families and businesses, and has a strong sense of community. When it comes to healthcare, Amherst is well equipped with local hospitals and medical facilities that serve its residents. The nearest hospital is Northern Light Health’s Inland Hospital, which provides quality care in the areas of emergency medicine, pediatrics, orthopedics, rehabilitation services, surgical services and more. Additionally there are several other medical facilities located nearby that provide primary care services such as family medicine, internal medicine and pediatrics. Other specialty clinics are also available for those needing specialized care. These include cardiology, endocrinology, oncology and gastroenterology services. With so many options available to the residents of Amherst , there is no shortage of quality healthcare options in the area.

The health of a city has many different factors. It can refer to air quality, water quality, risk of getting respiratory disease or cancer. The people you live around can also affect your health as some places have lower or higher rates of physical activity, increased alcohol intake, smoking, obesity, and cancer rates.

Physicians per Capita

There are 240 physicians per 100,000 population in Amherst. The US average is 210 per 100,000 people.

Health Cost Index

The annual BestPlaces Health Cost Index for the Amherst area is 128.6 (lower=better). The US average is 100.

128.6 / 100

Example: 110 = 10% more expensive than national average.

Water Qualtiy Index

The annual BestPlaces Water Quality Index for the Amherst area is 60 (100=best). The US average is 55.

60 / 100

Note that this is a measure of Watershed quality, not the water that comes from your faucet. The EPA has stated that a healthy watershed is closely related to drinking water quality. The EPA has a complex method of measuring watershed quality using 15 indicators such as pH, chemicals, metals, and bacteria.

Superfund Index

The annual BestPlaces Superfund Index for the Amherst area is 73 (100=best). The US average is 87.

73 / 100

The EPA's Superfund program is responsible for cleaning up some of our nation's most contaminated land. Our index is based on the number of active Superfund sites (over 15,000 in the United States), with particular attention paid to those on the National Priorities List which pose the greatest health danger.

Quick Facts

Commuting can effect your health. The average person in Amherst commutes 23.1 minutes one-way, which is shorter than the US average of 26.4 minutes.

Air Quality Index

The annual BestPlaces Air Quality Index for the Amherst area is 94 (100=best). The US average is 58.

94 / 100

This is based on new measures of hazardous air pollutants from the EPA, called the National Air Toxics Assessment. This analysis models respiratory illness and cancer risk down to the zip code level, providing better detail and insight than the previous analysis based solely on results from air monitoring stations.

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