Puerto Rico’s Need for Health Reform

A recent CNN article notes that 45,000 American deaths can be associated to a lack of health insurance. American citizens living in Puerto Rico are disproportionately affected by these deadly statistics.

According to a USA Today analysis of new government data, patients in Puerto Rico die at statistically higher rates from heart attack, heart failure, and pneumonia than those admitted to US mainland hospitals. While 11.6% of patients stateside admitted for pneumonia die within 30 days, that number rises to almost 15% in Puerto Rico. Death rates for heart attack are also above average (18.6% vs. 16.5%) and are slightly higher for heart failure (12.1% vs. 11.2%).

The higher death rates in Puerto Rico shine a light on unequal federal and state health benefits based largely in part to the territory’s political status. For more information on why Puerto Rico needs strong health reform read the latest political column in EL BORICUA.

(Photo – Main tower at the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus.)


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2 Responses to Puerto Rico’s Need for Health Reform

  1. Jimmy says:

    Heart attack is quite dangerous disease. Its almost fatal. It needs good care to be taken. One should ask all the queries and doubts after getting discharge from hospital. Because even after getting discharge, one have to take good care. Also ask for extra aid like: nourishment program, an outpatient exercise program etc.

  2. sean says:

    In this great country of ours, no one should be without health care. It's just wrong to burden business with the responsibility.

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