Hospital administrative costs in the U.S. account for 25.3 percent of total hospital costs, compared to 15.5 percent in England’s single-payer health care system, according to a study cited by WBUR-Boston.
The Health Affairs study looked at several countries in 2010 and found that Scotland had the smallest proportion of hospital costs going to administration, 11.7 percent, followed by Canada with 12.4 percent, Wales with 14.2, England with 15.5 percent and the Netherlands with 19.8 percent.
The Center’s Dylan Roby says a solution to the “very fragmented and complex” U.S. health system could be a single-payer system that is “somewhat market-driven … if there’s political support for it.”
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The state’s public health department has a road map to promote health and prevent chronic disease in California Wellness Plan, 2014.
CHIS data will be used as a baseline and a measuring tool in more than a dozen objectives, from gauging kids’ consumption of sugary drinks to tracking whether seniors feel their overall health has improved.
The plan’s emphasis is on the elimination of preventable chronic disease, such as cancer, stroke, diabetes, asthma, cardiovascular and other diseases.
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About 1 in 4 white Californian adults reported having delayed getting prescription drugs or medical services in the past year, significantly higher than California overall, at 21.5 percent. This graphic is from the Center’s new 2011-2012 Race and Ethnicity Health Profiles, a report on the health status of the state’s diverse population.
Farmers markets are cropping up in South Los Angeles, leading to more healthy eating choices, according to a story in Intersections South L.A.
A 2008 moratorium barring new standalone fast-food structures is still in effect in South L.A, and the story cites California Health Interview Survey (CHIS) data that find the percentage of people in the area who have eaten fast food four or more times the previous week dipped from 15.2 percent in 2007 to 14.4 percent in 2011.
Recipients of federal nutrition benefits – such as CalFresh and WIC — can be part of an incentive program which matches their benefits dollar for dollar up to $10 to purchase fresh vegetables and fruits at participating farmers markets, according to the story.
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Asians 55 and older walk more than 2.5 hours a week compared to fewer than 2 hours for white seniors, according to a study in Journal of Aging and Health. The study, which used California Health Interview Survey (CHIS) data, found that social cohesion in a neighborhood increased walking minutes among most groups of older Asians, particularly the Chinese.
But there was wide variation in time spent walking among Asian groups: Chinese reported logging the most minutes (190.2 minutes per week), followed by Vietnamese, Korean, Filipino and Japanese participants (183.6, 135.2, 126.6 and 109.5, respectively).
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A recent series reported that over the last decade, almost 15 percent of the state’s foster children were prescribed psychotropic drugs, such as antipsychotics, antidepressants and more. In a related L.A. Daily News story, CHIS director David Grant said the percentage could be higher because the population count may have been inflated by those were only briefly in the foster care system.
Read the series on psychotropic drug use or read the data story.