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When looking at data on how America’s healthcare relates to the rest of the world, it’s disturbing. According to a report published in the New England Journal of Medicine, the United States ranks fifth in healthcare spending but just 37th in overall health. In addition, the results indicate that infant mortality is ranked 39th, adult female mortality is 43rd, adult male mortality is 42nd, and life expectancy is 36th. I don’t know about you, but I think we can be the healthiest people if we spend the most money on healthcare, but we aren’t. Cedar Park iv hydration has some nice tips on this.
I then continued my investigation to see where Utah ranks in relation to the rest of the world. We live in a predominantly LDS state, and as members of the church, we adhere to a very strict health code. Since many of us don’t smoke, drink, or use recreational drugs, we should do well in the comparison. To say I was surprised when I looked up the US Census Bureau and noticed the healthcare rating comparisons between states was an understatement. Utah, our “Mormon” territory, came in 46th out of 50 states in terms of healthcare. This simply means that there are 45 other states with stronger healthcare and mortality rates than ours. What was even more surprising was the fact that Mississippi was the state with the best health in America. Maine, Alabama, and Tennessee came in second, third, and fourth, respectively. So I wanted to take it a step further to see how many medical doctors were available per 100,000 people. So, where does Utah stand in terms of population? We are actually ranked 43rd. This is really similar to our 46th position in the Health group, so that’s how they should all be, right? Shouldn’t Mississippi have the most healthcare providers if it’s the healthiest state? In terms of the number of healthcare doctors, they are ranked 48th out of 50. Just two states in the United States have fewer physicians per capita than Mississippi. And what would it say about our healthcare in America today if you have fewer physicians and are the healthiest? A couple of hospitals in the Bay Area of California went on strike while I was in school. The doctors were gone for three weeks, so the nurses took care of the patients. What happened, do you think? The number of deaths, medication-related disorders, and medical complications has virtually vanished. What happened to American health care?