Did You Know?

Was in St. Louis (great city!) over the weekend…and talked health care goings on during the product testing phase of the Anheuser-Busch Brewery Tour.

Anyway, how do St. Louis and Columbus compare when it comes to health care? While it may take some significant time to compare every aspect of health care delivery, treatment, reimbursement, etc., the Dartmouth Atlas makes comparing everything-Medicare simple.

For instance:

Average Total Medicare Reimbursement
National: $6968.21, St. Louis: $6569.24, Columbus: $6367.26

Acute Myocardial Infarction Discharges per 1,000 Medicare Enrollees
National: 8.44, St. Louis: 8.36, Columbus: 6.53

Be forewarned: you could spend an endless amount of time on this site if you’re inclined to useful information…

From the website:

The Dartmouth Atlas Project works to accurately describe how medical resources are distributed and used in the United States. The project offers comprehensive information and analysis about national, regional, and local markets, as well as individual hospitals and their affiliated physicians, in order to provide a basis for improving health and health systems. Through this analysis, the project has demonstrated glaring variations in how health care is delivered across the United States. The project is run by The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice (TDI).

Have fun.