By Maria M. Perotin, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Texas
Jun. 13--Texas' healthcare system ranks among the worst in the nation, in large part because so many Texans go without health insurance.
That's a key finding of a "scorecard" released today by researchers at a unit of The Commonwealth Fund who examined each state's performance on 32 separate measures focused on healthcare quality, cost and access to care.
Overall, Texas ranked No. 49 -- third from the bottom -- in the study that included all 50 states and Washington, D.C.
The bottom line: Healthcare varies widely across the country. Even the best-performing states have lots of room for improvement. And those that spend the biggest bucks don't necessarily get top-notch healthcare for their money.
"The scorecard indicates that where you live in the United States matters," said Cathy Schoen, a senior vice president at The Commonwealth Fund who co-authored the report. "The wide variation and gaps between leading and lagging states add up to substantial human and economic costs."
US Census Data 2007: Texas has the highest percentage of people with no health insurance ( 25%) . So the rest of America has to pick up Texas' tab.
So you do not want to be sick in Texas.