State Health Care Systems Assessed in 2009 Report

October 23, 2009 by cpehrson

The 2009 State Scorecard on Health System Performance report has just been issued by the Commonwealth Fund foundation.  This is the Fund’s second state health care report which ranks states on 38 indicators in the areas of access, quality, costs, and health outcomes. 

 The Commonwealth Fund is a private foundation that promotes a high performing health care system for society’s most vulnerable people, including low-income, the uninsured, minority Americans, young children, and elderly adults.

 The 2009 edition of the State Scorecard on Health System Performance found improved quality of care, overall, but also found evidence of deteriorating health insurance coverage for adults and rising health care costs.  Gains in children’s coverage and improvement of hospital and nursing home care were evident in this year’s report.

 The scorecard found continued wide variation in performance across the states.  As reported in 2007 and still found in the 2009 report, where you live within the United States makes a difference in your access to care, quality of care, and experiences with care providers.  All states face the challenges caused by the rising costs of care and poor care coordination.

 To view state-specific rankings and results and to check out the comparison tool between states, you can go to the Commonwealth Fund website.