According to a new brief by the Commonwealth Fund, an estimated 18.7 million U.S. women ages 19 to 64 were uninsured in 2010, up from 12.8 million in 2000. An additional 16.7 million women had health insurance but had such high out-of-pocket costs relative to their income that they were effectively underinsured in 2010.
The Commonwealth Fund today released its first-ever Scorecard on Local Health System Performance. The findings show clearly that where you live matters for health care access and care experiences. Comparing all 306 local health care areas, known as hospital referral regions, in the United States, the report finds that access, quality, costs, and health outcomes all vary significantly from one local community to another, often with a two- to threefold variation in key indicators between leading and lagging communities. The top-performing areas are concentrated in the Upper Midwest and Northeast.
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As the wealth gap continues to grow in the United States, so does the divide in health coverage and access to health services.
Enterprise zones for health? Sounds interesting.
An international survey, released today by the Commonwealth Fund, looked at adults living with health problems and complex care needs. The study found that patients in the United States are much more likely than those in 10 other high-income countries to forgo needed care because of costs and to struggle with medical debt. Among the study’s key findings:
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