Texas Border Health Sucks
May 10, 2010 in Health Policy
- Satisfaction with community or area
- Area getting better as a place to live
- Clean water
- Safe place to exercise
- Affordable fruits and vegetables
- Feel safe walking alone at night
- Enough money for food
- Enough money for shelter
- Enough money for healthcare
- Visited a dentist recently
- Have a doctor
- Have health insurance
The two largest population centers on the Texas-Mexico boarder (El Paso and McAllen-Edinburg-Mission), ranked within the bottom 10 of the 187 meto areas in the variables listed above while no metro area in Texas ranked in the 10 ten.
Not a surprise since the El Paso and McAllen areas have some of the highest rates of poverty in the nation. It also does not help that Medicare pays reimburses doctors at a lower rate in these areas.