Annual survey ranks states on health, health care

December 02, 2015

Orlando Sentinel: "In a new health ranking, Florida ranks 37th in the country, down from 35th last year. ?? In the past year, the number of kids living in poverty in Florida jumped, and in the past decade, the obesity rate in Florida rose dramatically. On the other hand, violent crime declined in the past year and the number of Floridians who smoke continues to drop." The survey indicated that 21.2% of the state's population is uninsured, making Florida 48th in the country for rates of insured (Shrieves, 12/7).

Pioneer Press: "A new report on health care quality ...  shows that the rate of clinic patients getting optimal care for diabetes and vascular conditions was flat between 2008 and 2009" in Minnesota. "What's more, the rate of Minnesotans getting preventive care such as breast cancer screenings or childhood immunizations either decreased slightly or stayed flat, according to the study from MN Community Measurement, a Minneapolis-based nonprofit group." Job losses resulting from the recession have caused "disruptions in insurance coverage ?? which in turn has sapped demand for certain types of care," say medical manufacturers. And as a side effect, fewer people are getting the chronic and preventive care they need (Snowbeck, 12/7).

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