01/09 - Guarded Condition - Healthcare in Louisiana

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?


Backgrounder

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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