Residents of Mississippi were more than twice as likely to die young from preventable or treatable causes in 2002 than residents of Minnesota were.
Researchers have those statistics and other state health, mortality, health care quality and health care access data in a state “health system performance” report released today by the Commonwealth Fund, New York.
When the researchers looked at 2002 deaths from conditions that can be affected by good medical care, such as diabetes and high blood pressure, they found that the United States as a whole averaged about 103 potentially preventable deaths per 100,000 residents younger than age 75.
Age-adjusted annual preventable premature mortality per 100,000 lives ranged from a low of about 70 in Minnesota up to 150 in Mississippi and 160 in the District of Columbia.
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The preventable premature mortality rate for white individuals ranged from 61 in the District of Columbia to 118 in West Virginia, and the rate ranged from 106 in Hawaii to 241 in Arkansas for African-American individuals.
Mortality and other health indicators did not correlate perfectly with indicators of health quality and access, the researchers found.
Hawaii, for example, ranked first in terms of access, an indicator that includes factors such as ownership of health insurance. Hawaii ranked fourth in terms of a “healthy lives” indicator, which includes indicators such as disability rates as well as mortality rates, but it ranked only 20th in terms of preventable premature deaths.