Is the remedy a new healthcare delivery system or just a revamping of the current one?
With Louisiana’s national health ranking moving from 49th to 50th, some believe the condition of the state’s healthcare is moving from serious to critical. Is the remedy a new healthcare delivery system or just a revamping of the current one? And what role do patient education and our lifestyle choices play in keeping our health and health ratings so low?
With healthcare spending totaling $19.4 billion for all sources, according to a PricewaterhouseCoopers study commissioned by the Louisiana Recovery Authority, Louisiana’s healthcare costs are among the highest in the nation. But our results are consistently far below other states. Louisiana is one state away from leading the nation in:
- Infant mortality, with an average of 10 infant deaths per 1000 live births;
- Cancer deaths, which kill 223 out of every 100,000 Louisianans; and
- Premature death, where poor preventive care practices annually kill 11,000 of our citizens before their time.
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What concerns are on citizens’ minds as they go to the polls this fall?
The presidential election may be getting all of the attention, but Louisiana residents will be making several important decisions at the ballot box in November. The U.S. Senate seat left up for grabs by retiring Sen. David Vitter has drawn a field of 24 candidates. Louisianians in the south- and northwest parts of the state will also be voting on congressmen. So, what national concerns are on citizens’ minds as they go to the polls this fall? What statewide issues should be on the mind of Louisiana’s next Congressional leaders? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers on “Election 2016” Wednesday, October 26 at 7p.m. (Taping Tuesday, October 25)
• Elizabeth Crisp / The Advocate
• Greg Hilburn / Gannett Newspapers
• Martin Johnson, Ph.D. / LSU Manship School of Mass Communication
• Albert Samuels, Ph.D. / Mandela School of Public Policy, Southern University
• Guest Host: Patricia Smith / Assistant to Dean of Political Science Dept., Southern University
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