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Thursday, 23rd July 2009

Pacific Research Institute Releases State Rankings on Health Ownership

Pacific Research Institute Releases State Rankings on Health Ownership
Source: Pacific Research Institute

Americans continue to lack the basic freedom to make their own health care decisions according to the third edition of the U.S. Index of Health Ownership, an annual report by the Pacific Research Institute (PRI). The Index measures the degree to which individuals, be they patients, health professionals, entrepreneurs, or taxpayers, “own” the health care in their states.

“The lack of health ownership is a real problem,” said John R. Graham, director of Health Care Studies at PRI and author of the Index. “Almost half of the country’s health care spending is in the hands of the government, instead of patients themselves. The other half is governed by regulations inflicted upon doctors, health plans, and patients. On the other hand, some states also limit government interference in their citizens’ health, resulting in higher quality and choice. The ability for states to learn from each other is one of the benefits of federalism. One of the risks of the current drive for a federal government take-over of our health care is that every American will be burdened by cookie-cutter, one-size-fits-all health care, and we will lose the ability to learn from successful states. I hope that states will use these results to improve their citizen’s health ownership.”

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