Hospitals in Southern USA 70% more likely to kill you.

Here’s a report that makes me feel good about living in Michigan. Sure our economy is in the toilet, but at least we have decent hospitals:

Dystopia: Hospitals in the American South 70% More Likely to Kill You –

A study released today by hospital rating organization HealthGrades shows that people in the nation’s highest-ranked hospitals (most of which are in the midwest) are 70% less likely to die than those in the lowest-ranked (most of which are in the south). The group looked at survival rates for 17 different problems or procedures, including stroke, heart attack, sepsis, and pneumonia.

The report rates hospitals on a scale of 1 to 5 stars, correcting for differences in services offered. According to the study authors:

    If all hospitals performed at the level of a 5-star rated hospital across the 17 procedures and diagnoses studied, 237,420 Medicare lives could have potentially been saved from 2005 to 2007. The region with the lowest overall risk-adjusted mortality rates was the East North Central region (IL, IN, MI, OH, and WI), while the East South Central region (AL, KY, MS, and TN) had the highest mortality rates.

[…] But there is just something so stark about a statistic showing that where you live means you’re 70 percent more likely to continue living if you go to the hospital. It brings home the reality of a crisis that’s only going to get worse.

I always figured there’d be a difference, but 70% does seem pretty high. You can read the full report at Health

6 thoughts on “Hospitals in Southern USA 70% more likely to kill you.

  1. I live in Tennessee and this is terrific news.  Now I don’t have to worry about my 401k disappearing.

    could this be linked to the strong anti-intellectual bias in the south? to placing faith over reason? just asking.

    Absolutely.  Ignorance is bliss!

  2. ’… are 70% less likely to die …’

    ’… statistic showing that where you live means you’re 70 percent more likely to continue living…’

    Which is it? The first say that for every 10 dead in the south, 3 die in the north. The second says that for every 10 left alive in the south, 17 live in the north, which is almost certainly not what it intended. Either way, it doesn’t say very much about your chances, just that you’ll be more likely to live in a northern hospital.

  3. I’ve been trying to find the post with the U.S.A. map with “America” and “Dumbfuckistan” on it, so that I could reply and give the following link, which includes a spot-on if over-the-top rant about the The South.

    Because this topic has turned Southward generally, I’ll give it here:

    Although the rant is from 2004, it’s still relevant.

    But the ranter is wrong about one matter:  I live in central Virginia, and the conclusion of the Civil War (“War of Northern Aggression”) is still to be determined!


  4. Ladies and Gentlemen.

    May I commend Lurkers link to you.  Any site that contains this about Bush

    And, if I could have a word with the speechwriters for just a minute: When you’re writing for someone who barely puts any downward force on his brainpan, you gotta use the small words so he doesn’t get that confused look on his face, like Helen Thomas just asked him if the Sunni Triangle is stabilizing and he’s trying to recall the correct pronunciation of “isosceles”.

    Starting off the State of the Union with “This rite of custom brings us together at a defining hour…” ? Come on, that’s not even giving him a fighting chance. Might as well just switch off the teleprompters and have him ad lib something about French existentialism.

    is ok by me.  It’s a good job I didn’t make a cup of tea before logging on, or I’d need a new keyboard.

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