The Importance Of Health Care

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At some point in life, every individual in the U.S. will need access to healthcare. Each of these individuals seeking care may expect excellent access, quality, and efficiency of health care, however that may not always be the case. State Scorecards evaluate state and hospital performances to determine what improvements can be made to better serve the population. Scorecards provide insight on healthcare access, prevention & treatment, availability to patients & costs, and healthy lives in a certain area (McCarthey, Radley, & Hayes, 2015). There are strengths and weakness in all public health systems and there is always a need for enhancement. Two states that will be evaluated are South Dakota and Minnesota. According to McCarthy, Radley, & …show more content…
Therefore, South Dakota does well at preventing hospital readmissions among patients and individuals in the community. Out of 1,000 individuals on Medicare, only 149 individuals went to the emergency department for a preventable reason, which ranks South Dakota 3rd in the country (McCarthey, Radley, & Hayes, 2015). This puts SD above average in this category. Minnesota ranks 20th with 175 individuals with Medicare who have avoidable emergency department visits (McCarthey, Radley, & Hayes, 2015). A weakness in South Dakota is healthy lives, which is ranked 29th overall (McCarthey, Radley, & Hayes, 2015). Therefore, individuals in South Dakota may live less healthy lifestyles than those of other …show more content…
Since South Dakota has the concern of keeping the population healthy. It may be beneficial for the state to begin health teaching on the effects of smoking, preventing obesity, and preventative screenings for cancers and other diseases. The teaching can begin in the schools and workplaces. This will help to target the weakness in this area. In Minnesota, it would be beneficial to ensure that everyone in the population, including the vulnerable populations, is receiving adequate care. One way that the state could target the vulnerable groups is to offer free health screenings and clinic days, so those individuals can receive health care and preventative screenings. They should also begin health teaching to prevent certain diseases. These teachings can consist of smoking cessation, obesity, and dental

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