Texas health-care quality is worst in the nation, according to federal study
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The recently released study is based on 155 quality measures, including success of preventative care measures, disparities in treatment among different ethnic groups and the effectiveness and cost of care for patients with chronic or terminal conditions such as diabetes and cancer.
Texas received its highest scores — none of which were better than average — in the categories of nursing home care, maternal and child health care, and cancer measures, which measure the number of preventative procedures performed, cancer diagnoses made and deaths due to cancer in the state.
For all other categories, Texas was rated “weak” or “very weak.”
The state received its lowest score when it came to home health care and hospital care measures.
Texas proved to be the worst of all the states at caring for breast cancer patients under the age of 70 and home health-care for patients with respiratory problems, urinary incontinence and chronic pain.
According to the study, the goal of the research is to help state officials and their public- and private-sector partners understand health care quality and disparities in their states. Texas’ rating, which was influenced in part by the fact that the state has the highest rate of uninsured people in the country, should be a call for improvement.
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