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The Week in Numbers by charlottegee
October 10, 2008, 1:07 pm
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Because we are all looking a numbers a little more than usual — whether plunging graphs or poll percentages or even just total charges on receipts — I thought we would follow suit and start a new series on the Next Things First blog called “The Week in Numbers.” Sort of a round-up of health care-related news and tidbits. Not at all meant to be comprehensive … but enough to be interesting. So here we go:

Nearly 1 in 6 Online Health Insurance Shoppers Are ‘Uninsurable’

U.S. hospital charges for maternal and newborn care jumped from $79 billion in 2005 to $86 billion in 2006

CEO turnover was heaviest in the healthcare sector this year, with 206 departures

46% of Americans are now worried about providing for their families’ basic needs

Hong Kong’s government is providing $1.2 million Hong Kong dollars (about $150,000 U.S.) to fund an emotional support hotline for financial crisis

One in four teenage girls have received the relatively new vaccine against cervical cancer

Rhode Island had the highest health IT adoption rate, six times higher than South Dakota, which had the lowest adoption

Fifty-five percent of Americans surveyed said it is extremely or very important for providers to use electronic or computer-based health records instead of paper ones

Employees’ out-of-pocket charges for care next year are expected to jump 10.1% from 2008, to an average of $1,880

Posted by CharlotteGee


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