Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Healthiest and Unhealthiest States posted a review of the results of the annual report of the nonprofit, United Health Foundation. Its survey covers 22 factors for determining the which are the healthiest states. Smoking, obesity, cancer, diabetes, childhood vaccination rate, infant mortality are all included in a composite ranking.

Oklahoma ranks 49th, just ahead of Mississippi. In 2008 we were 50th, just behind Mississippi. In 1990 we were 31st. Why the precipitous drop? Comorbidities are never mentioned in the discussions of loss-cost control. Isn't it time to take a deeper look at the cost problem?

Prior posting that mentions comorbidities: A Fool's Gambit.

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