Texas Border Health Sucks

May 10, 2010 in Health Policy by RangelMD

A 2009 survey of 353,000 American adults from 187 metro areas asked 13 questions about basic access to health care and healthy lifestyles;

  • Satisfaction with community or area
  • Area getting better as a place to live
  • Clean water
  • Medicine
  • 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.

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