Georgia near bottom in new health ranking

Georgia Health News reports that “A new report ranks Georgia 45th on how well the state’s health care system works for low-income families. For people with low incomes, Georgia ranked 46th in health care access and affordability, 47th in performance and treatment, 34th in potentially avoidable hospital use, and 35th in healthy lives, according to the report.

It was released Wednesday by the Commonwealth Fund, a New York City-based foundation that supports independent research on health policy.”

Among the most alarming statistics for Georgia is that the state ranks 48th in the rate of adults who went without medical care because of costs, noted Neale Chumbler, head of the Health Policy and Management Department in the University of Georgia’s College of Public Health.

Read the entire article at Georgia Health News.

Additional coverage: Georgia Public Broadcasting, Athens Banner Herald

Posted September 28, 2013.