A report card of healthcare indicators shows troubling developments.
The Commonwealth Fund recently issued its 2019 “Scorecard on State Health Performance,” measuring states on 47 healthcare indicators in the categories of access and affordability, prevention and treatment, avoidable hospital use and cost, and healthy lives.
The scorecard finds areas of progress along with a number of troubling developments, most notably substantial increases in deaths from drug overdoses, alcohol and suicide. Together, these “deaths of despair” significantly contributed to the recent decline in average life expectancy at birth.
Read on for other key takeaways from the scorecard:
Cost of care
How states are responding
The scorecard finds that states are responding to coverage shortfalls and rising costs in a variety of ways: