Tracking Key Health Indicators
July 3, 2014 | Publication | Policy Research
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The amount a state spends on health care services is not necessarily correlated with better or worse health status, according to a report released as part of the State Health Care Spending Project, a joint initiative of the Pew Charitable Trusts and MacArthur. The report provides context for state health care spending and shows that a resident's well-being is only partially influenced by the health care services received; behavioral patterns, genetics, social circumstances, and environmental exposures also play a large role. The report breaks down many factors by state, including the rate of uninsured residents, health status, vital statistics such as life expectancy, and the prevalence of certain diseases.