In the spirit of keeping things simple, the case for reforming North Carolina’s medical-assistance programs can be expressed in four numbers: 12, 15, 17, and 48,'' writes John Hood in his weekly column/blog for the John Locke Foundation.
These are all national rankings. North Carolina ranks 12th in the nation in state mental health spending per capita. North Carolina ranks 15th in Medicaid payments per child or working-aged adult enrolled in the program. North Carolina ranks 17th in state and local taxes as a percentage of personal income. And North Carolina ranks 48th in per-pupil spending on elementary and secondary schools.