If you’re planning to get health insurance quotes in El Paso, you may want to be aware of these important facts about health care in Texas:
- About 73% of hospitals in Texas are in urban areas. Only 23% are in rural areas. So if you live in the sticks, it may take a while to get to a hospital, and you’re going to need a ride.
- In Texas, there are about 630 hospitals along with 83,000 licensed beds.
- There are 9 medical schools in Texas. In El Paso, there’s Texas Tech University HSC–Paul L. Foster School of Medicine.
- Governor Perry is a Republican, and he doesn’t like the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). In his words, it’s like “putting 1,000 more people on the Titanic when you knew what was going to happen.”
- This may not surprise you, but the state of Texas isn’t expanding Medicaid right now.
- About 3.4 million children (46.3%) in Texas are enrolled in Medicaid.
- About 976,700 children in the state (13.2%) are not insured at all. Of the uninsured children, about 700,000 of them are eligible for Medicaid or CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Program), but they are not enrolled.
- In North Texas, flu cases are increasing according to a January 23, 2017 report. Already, 3 children have already died from the disease.
- Heart disease is the number 1 killer in the state, with 170.7 deaths per 100,000 population. The people who are most at risk are smokers, those with high blood pressure and high cholesterol, diabetics, obese people, and those with a family history of heart problems.
- Cancer is the number 2 cause of death in the state. It is the cause of 156.1 deaths per 100,000. Of the types of cancer, lung cancer is responsible for the most fatalities with 38.4 deaths. Breast cancer comes next with 20.1 deaths.
- Chronic lower respiratory disease comes in at #3, with 42. 3 deaths per 100K, followed closely by stroke.
- The rate of obesity in Texas has increased over the years, and now it’s at about 31%. Obesity is a major health risk, as it increases the risk of coronary heart disease, stroke, respiratory conditions, type 2 diabetes, and a lot more problems.
- Texas is ranked 33rd among the states when it comes to the quality of its health care. It ranks respectably high enough at 21st when it comes to the cost of health care, and 26th in terms of health care outcomes. However, Texas is one of the worst when it comes to health care access, ranking 49th.
- Texas does rank 4th when it comes to having the lowest health insurance costs. However, that may be about to change with the removal of Obamacare.
- The uninsured rates have dropped in Texas since the passage of the ACA, but it still has the highest uninsured rates in the country at 20.8%. When the ACA is thrown out, this is projected to go back to previous highs.
Consider these facts before you go shopping for health insurance quotes in Texas, so you can ensure you’re getting the coverage that’s right for you.