June 26, 2023
Pennsylvania’s health care system is among the best in the nation, especially for preventable hospital and emergency room admissions, and for reducing 30-day mortality rates.
A new scorecard from the Commonwealth Fund ranked Pennsylvania ninth in the nation for state health system performance. The scorecard considers 58 measures for access, quality, costs, health disparities, reproductive care and women’s health, and health outcomes.
The data, which primarily focuses on 2021, illustrates the ways the pandemic affected health care and the wide variation in outcomes across states.
“Comparing states on how well their health care systems support people of all ages, races, ethnicities, and income levels is critical to our understanding of what is and isn’t working in American health care,” Sara R. Collins, study coauthor, said in a statement last week.
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The report authors note that reducing deaths from preventable causes, making coverage more affordable, and strengthening reproductive and women’s health care can help improve health system performance. It’s also worth watching how the end of pandemic-era measures that helped more Americans gain health coverage affect future data.
“Still reeling from the COVID-19 pandemic, states are trying to reverse a stunning rise in preventable deaths from multiple causes,” the report notes.
The report, and a summary of its findings, is available online.
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