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Report: Six Louisiana cities are tops in US healthcare costs

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    Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal may be running around the country touting his revolutionary approach to health care, but a recent study reveals the results of his plan may not be on the positive side.

    An Institute of Medicine study reports that six of the 10 most expensive places to buy health care in the entire country are right here in Louisiana.
    The study examined geographic and price differences in health care spending on Medicare, Medicaid, private insurance companies, and the uninsured.
    Here are the Top 10 places with highest health care costs: Miami, FL; McAllen, TX; Monroe, LA;  Houston, TX; Alexandria, LA; Lafayette, LA; Shreveport, LA; Baton Rouge, LA; Fort Lauderdale, FL: and Metairie, LA.
    The Top 10 with the lowest health care costs are: Rochester, NY; Stockton, CA; Sacramento, CA; Buffalo, NY; Bronx, NY; Santa Cruz, CA; Santa Rosa, CA; Medford, OR; San Francisco, CA; and Salem, OR.
    The 19-member committee that authored the report was chaired by Joseph Newhouse, a John D. McArthur Professor of Health Policy and Management at Harvard University.
    The consensus was that Louisiana has an incredibly unhealthy population and individual patient care between hospitals and community clinicians is often fragmented, leading to high percentages of hospital readmissions after discharge.

What are the odds?
    A group of political experts, spearheaded by the Houston Chronicle, came up with they consider the odds on potential Republican presidential contenders getting the nomination in 2016.  Here they are:
    U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida: 5 to 1.
    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush: 6 to 1.
    U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky: 7 to 1.
    U.S. Sen. Ted Kruz of Texas: 8 to 1.
    Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey: 8 to 1.
    U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin: 10 to 1.
    Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin: 12 to 1.
    Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana: 15 to 1.
    Former V-P candidate Sarah Palin: 30 to 1.
    Gov. Rick Perry of Texas: 50 to 1.
    Former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum: 100 to 1.
    Gov. Susana Martinez of New Mexico: 200 to 1.

by Lou Gehrig Burnett, Publisher of Fax-Net

First published on FaxNet; Republished with permission

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