Posted June 21, 2018 04:07:31 Florida is a notoriously expensive state, with one of the highest healthcare costs per capita in the nation.
As a result, Florida residents can expect to pay out more in bills each year than their counterparts in any other state.
However, the health system in the Sunshine State has managed to avoid many of the issues that would make it a top contender for worst state in America.
According to a recent study by the nonprofit health care consulting firm Avalere, Florida’s health system was ranked eighth among the 50 states and the District of Columbia in terms of the number of times patients were admitted to hospital for non-emergency conditions.
In terms of patient quality, the Sunshine state had the highest number of hospitalisations and discharge outcomes for both primary and non-medical conditions in the study.
The Sunshine State was also one of only two states in the US that had a higher percentage of patients in intensive care, according to Avalere.
While it may not be surprising that the Sunshine Health System was ranked high in the healthcare costs of Florida, the findings do raise some eyebrows.
“Our research indicates that Florida is ranked high on the list of states with the highest hospitalisation and discharge rates in the country,” Avalere said in a statement.
“Florida ranked last for hospitalisation rates for the same reasons, but with slightly lower rates of non-injury related hospitalisation.”
For those with medical problems, the rates of hospitalisation were lower than those in other states.
“In fact, Avalere found that Florida’s hospitalisation rate was the second highest in the United States.
However there are some notable differences in Florida’s healthcare system, including the fact that it has the second-highest rate of high-risk patients.
This means that patients with high-needs or life-threatening conditions, such as heart failure, are more likely to be admitted to the Sunshine health system.
While Florida also had the fourth-highest number of acute hospitalisations per 100,000 residents, the state was also second in the number per capita of people who were admitted for non medical reasons.
This suggests that if the Sunshine system was performing the best in terms with care for patients with a medical condition, the situation would be even worse.”
We found that while Florida’s system performed poorly in terms the care of patients with life-endangering medical conditions, it performed well in terms for those who had not had a medical problem,” Avalé said.”
It would appear that Florida was better able to provide high-quality care for those with life threatening medical conditions than those who were not.
“Despite the high number of high care costs, Avales data suggests that the state is also one where there is an opportunity for the Sunshine Healthcare System to improve its care for its patients.”
This suggests an opportunity to improve the care for high-need patients, particularly those who have medical conditions.”