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Commonwealth Fund Issues Gloomy Report

From BusinessWeek online:

New York-based Commonwealth Fund, a nonpartisan group that does health-care research, decided to issue a report card on how each state is doing on health care as a tool to identify areas of success and failure. Its researchers measured each state on 32 indicators, such as the percentage of people insured, the number of adults who receive screening and preventive care, hospital admissions for people with chronic illnesses, infant mortality, deaths from treatable cancers, and equity-of-care gaps by income and insurance status.

One stark finding: Even in the best states, performance fell far short of optimal standards. The percentage of adults age 50 or older receiving all recommended preventive care ranged from a high of 50% in Minnesota to a low of 33% in Idaho, while the percentage of diabetics receiving proper care ranged from 65% in Hawaii to 29% in Mississippi.

The report is accessible on the Commonwealth Fund's website, here.

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