Thursday, March 15, 2012

Dallas Health Care Ranks Poorly

I've often written about the high (and climbing) cost of health care in America. Our nation spends two or three times what other industrialized countries due to take care of their citizens. Perhaps the reason this is such a sore subject with me is the fact that Dallas, Texas is one of the most expensive health care markets in the country.

The Commonwealth Fund released a report on Wednesday that ranked Dallas 264th out of 306 hospital referral regions across the nation. Granted, it wasn't only cost that caused the low ranking but also the number of uninsured in our area. The story in the local Dallas Morning News said that "Dallas health care representatives did not dispute the report's findings but said many parts of the community are working to improve the situation."

Meanwhile, I'm heading into the hospital tomorrow to repair a torn tendon and I can assure you that it's not going to be a cheap process. I completely agree with the Commonwealth Fund's report!