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National & International - Health Care Compare

Compare Health Statistics, Healthcare, and Long-Term Care in the 50 U.S. States & Other Countries. Please add your comments below.

National – U.S. State by State Health & Healthcare Comparisons and Rankings:
Slowdown in Health Care Spending May be Here to Stay, Harvard Studies Suggest
May 7, 2013 Posted by Editor
Slowdown in Health Care Spending May be Here to Stay, Harvard Studies Suggest

Two new Harvard studies published May 6 in the journal HealthAffairs have examined the causes of a dramatic slowdown in the growth of health care spending that the U.S. has experienced in recent years. They have concluded that the spending slowdown...

HelpingYouCare® Adds New Resource on U.S. State by State Health Care Comparisons
January 2, 2013 Posted by Editor
HelpingYouCare® Adds New Resource on U.S. State by State Health Care Comparisons

HelpingYouCare® (.com and .org) has added a new resource on U.S. State by State health and healthcare comparisons and rankings. The new National – U.S. State by State Health & Healthcare Comparisons and Rankings resource is located in the Voice...

New Report on America's Health Rankings Indicates Progress But Troubling Challenges
December 12, 2012 Posted by Senior Editor
New Report on America's Health Rankings Indicates Progress But Troubling  Challenges

The United Health Foundation’s released its 22nd annual America’s Health Rankings report on Tuesday, December 11. Based on data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Census Bureau and American Medical Association, the report pr...

CDC Launches Sortable Database of Health Stats by State and Region
December 3, 2012 Posted by Editor
CDC Launches Sortable Database of Health Stats by State and Region

The CDC has launched Sortable Stats 2.0 - a new online database of health indicators and behavioral risk factors that is sortable by state or region, by demographics, by health condition, and in various other ways. The interactive database, which i...

Doctor Shortage: Which States Have the Fewest & Most Doctors Per 100,000 People?
October 23, 2012 Posted by Editor
Doctor Shortage: Which States Have the Fewest & Most Doctors Per 100,000 People?

A new survey conducted by the research firm 2/7 Wall St has identified the 10 U.S. States that have the fewest doctors per 100,000 people in the population, versus the 10 States that have the most doctors per 100,000 people. A comparison of these ...

More than 50% Obesity in 39 States by 2030, New F as in Fat Report Projects
September 25, 2012 Posted by Editor
More than 50% Obesity in 39 States by 2030, New F as in Fat Report Projects

A new report issued September 18, 2012 projects that if current trends continue, in 39 U.S. States more than 50% of adults could be obese by 2030, 13 states could have adult obesity rates above 60 percent, and all 50 states would have obesity rates of ...

HHS Provides Tool to Find Out How the President’s Health Care Law Benefits You & Your State
August 23, 2012 Posted by Editor
HHS Provides Tool to Find Out How the President’s Health Care Law Benefits You & Your State

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services announced a new tool to help you find out how the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act (President Obama's signature Health Care Law - which some call "Obamacare") is benefiting people in your s...

Which States Have the Best and Worst Health Rankings in 2011?
December 8, 2011 Posted by Editor
Which States Have the Best and Worst Health Rankings in 2011?

The 22nd annual America’s Health Rankings® report was released on December 5, 2011, grading and ranking the 50 U.S. states in terms of the level of their overall health and health care, determined by 23 objective measurements. The annual Americ...

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New Report on America’s Health Rankings Indicates Progress But Troubling Challenges

December 12, 2012 Posted by Senior Editor

The United Health Foundation’s released its 22nd annual America’s Health Rankings report on Tuesday, December 11. Based on data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Census Bureau and American Medical Association, the report provides an overview and . . . → Read More: New Report on America’s Health Rankings Indicates Progress But Troubling Challenges

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US and UK Healthcare Systems Should Learn From Each Other, Experts Conclude

October 19, 2012 Posted by Editor

In a health policy paper published on October 11, 2012 in The Lancet medical journal, US and UK experts on healthcare policy who co-authored the article conclude that, even though the US and UK healthcare systems are often thought . . . → Read More: US and UK Healthcare Systems Should Learn From Each Other, Experts Conclude

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Norway Ranks as Best Country to be a Mom; U.S. 25th in the World, New Report Finds

May 20, 2012 Posted by Editor

The Save the Children foundation has published its 13th annual “State of the World’s Mothers Report,” which compares and ranks 165 countries around the world in terms of the Best and Worst Places to Be a Mom. This year’s . . . → Read More: Norway Ranks as Best Country to be a Mom; U.S. 25th in the World, New Report Finds

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Graceful Aging in Mexico

January 12, 2012 Posted by Senior Editor

See how Mexico’s National Institute of Older Persons (INAPAM) promotes their aging population. Watch AARP VIVA »

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Which States Have the Best and Worst Health Rankings in 2011?

December 8, 2011 Posted by Editor

The 22nd annual America’s Health Rankings® report was released on December 5, 2011, grading and ranking the 50 U.S. states in terms of the level of their overall health and health care, determined by 23 objective measurements. The annual . . . → Read More: Which States Have the Best and Worst Health Rankings in 2011?

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Denmark Imposes ‘Fat Tax’ on High Saturated Fat Foods to Combat Obesity

October 3, 2011 Posted by Editor

In a declared effort to combat obesity and heart disease, Denmark has imposed what may be the world’s first “fat food tax” on foods with more than 2.3 percent saturated fat. The tax, which went into effect on Saturday, . . . → Read More: Denmark Imposes ‘Fat Tax’ on High Saturated Fat Foods to Combat Obesity

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S&P Downgrade of US Credit Rating Cites Political Brinksmanship, Looming Deficit from Rising Health Care Costs

August 6, 2011 Posted by Editor

actual S&P Research Update of August 5, 2011, downgrading the U.S. credit rating, was published by S&P on their website. It is entitled, “United States of America Long-Term Rating Lowered To ‘AA+’ On Political Risks And Rising Debt Burden; . . . → Read More: S&P Downgrade of US Credit Rating Cites Political Brinksmanship, Looming Deficit from Rising Health Care Costs

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New Study Finds U.S. Adults Significantly More Obese than Canadians

April 2, 2011 Posted by Editor

A new study published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) has found that the prevalence of obesity among adults in the United States is significantly higher than among adults in Canada. In addition, over a . . . → Read More: New Study Finds U.S. Adults Significantly More Obese than Canadians

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U.S. Falls Behind Other Developed Countries In Life Expectancy Gains

January 26, 2011 Posted by Editor

A new study by a panel of the National Research Council of the National Academies has found that the rate of increase in life expectancy in the U.S. has fallen behind the rate of increase in life expectancy in . . . → Read More: U.S. Falls Behind Other Developed Countries In Life Expectancy Gains

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Survey of 11 Countries Finds U.S. Adults Most Likely to Forgo Medical Care Due to Cost; U.S. is Highest Cost, Most Complex System

November 18, 2010 Posted by Editor

According to a study published November 18, 2010 by The Commonwealth Fund: “A new 11-country survey from The Commonwealth Fund finds that adults in the United States are far more likely than those in 10 other industrialized nations to . . . → Read More: Survey of 11 Countries Finds U.S. Adults Most Likely to Forgo Medical Care Due to Cost; U.S. is Highest Cost, Most Complex System

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Health Care: An International Comparison

October 16, 2010 Posted by Senior Editor

From NPR (National Public Radio) “Countries with governments and economies similar to the United States have come up with a variety of methods to make sure that all of their citizens receive health care. While residents in Europe and . . . → Read More: Health Care: An International Comparison

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Snapshots of Health Systems in 16 Countries

October 13, 2010 Posted by Senior Editor

The Snapshots of health systems provide brief overviews of health care in Austria, Belgium, Denmark,Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Portugal, Spain,Sweden and The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Read More . . . → Read More: Snapshots of Health Systems in 16 Countries

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Applying the lessons of longevity; Aging populations, life-expectancy gaps test global economy

October 13, 2010 Posted by Senior Editor

By Kristen Gerencher, MarketWatch Life expectancy in the United States reached a high of 77.8 years in 2004, a 30 year jump over the 20th century. Germany, the United Kingdom, Japan, Sweden and other Western European countries are . . . → Read More: Applying the lessons of longevity; Aging populations, life-expectancy gaps test global economy

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Sweden makes elder care a priority

October 13, 2010 Posted by Senior Editor

From Judy Steed, Special to thestar.com, Tononto, Canada. A description of the government-run Swedish system. Women occupy half the seats in Swedish parliament, have a strong political presence, and have put in place strong social programs from cradle to . . . → Read More: Sweden makes elder care a priority

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Elderly thrive in Denmark

October 13, 2010 Posted by Senior Editor

From Judy Steed for thestar.com “The Danes do all they can to enable elders to stay in their own homes. And for those who are too frail, the country’s nursing homes are small, homey and delightful.” Read More . . . → Read More: Elderly thrive in Denmark

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World Health Statistics 2008 – World Health Organization (WHO)

October 13, 2010 Posted by Senior Editor

Health statistics and health information for the 193 Member States of the World Health Organization (WHO), and a discussion of global health indicators. Read More »»»

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Health Reform Without a Public Plan: The German, Netherlands & Swiss Model

September 23, 2010 Posted by Editor

Health Reform Without a Public Plan: The German Model, By UWE E. REINHARDT,  – NYTimes.com Germany, Netherlands & Switzerland – None of these countries uses a government-run, Medicare-like health insurance plan. They all rely on purely private, nonprofit or . . . → Read More: Health Reform Without a Public Plan: The German, Netherlands & Swiss Model

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Norway Ranks As The Best Place in the World To Be a Mother

August 15, 2010 Posted by Editor

According to a recently released ranking of the countries in the world by the Save The Children Foundation, Norway ranked # 1.  The U.S. was # 28 on the list.  Factors considered in the ranking included the level of infant mortality, . . . → Read More: Norway Ranks As The Best Place in the World To Be a Mother

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