Gaps Found In Health Care For Poor Minnesotans

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A new report finds significant gaps continue in the quality of health care for poor Minnesotans, although disparities are narrowing.

MN Community Measurement released its 2010 Health Care Disparities Report for Minnesota Health Care Programs on Wednesday.

The report finds that overall, the quality of health care provided by managed care plans to people covered by public health care programs continues to lag when compared with care provided to patients who have insurance through an employer or Medicare.

Some gaps were narrowed, with the biggest improvement being in cervical cancer screening. But overall performance still showed nine of the 12 measures significantly lower for people with public program coverage vs. private.

It’s the fourth annual report produced by MN Community Measurement in collaboration with the Minnesota Department of Human Services.

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  • Bill

    Let me guess….they want more funding.

    • Derrick

      Minnesota community measures is a private organization.. Try another guess.


    Wow, free medical and they are complaining. go figure.

    • Jennifer

      Wow, we didn’t ask to lose our jobs. You know, the ones we spent 7 years in school to get? Don’t comment on things you don’t understand.

      • Paulie

        I would almost bet a large amount of money Darren is NOT referring to people who lost their jobs. Those are the ones who are trying to better their lives and want to contribute and are not the problem to our state’s economic problems. Geez!

    • Carlos

      Wow are you stupid or what? A group that that essentially audits how well the health care is being delivered issues a report of the findings. What you typed is what you took from the article. Are you sure you are not on some program with Bill?

  • Jake

    Geez, if I had those bennies, all of my teeth would be plated in 18K gold.

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  • IwonderIf

    I have an Idea – How about we get rid of the “profit” aspect of health care.. So many things to make money off of and insure.. why insure or put a $$$ amount on life and the quality of life from a health standpoint..

    • stubby

      While we’re at it, why don’t we get rid of profits for ALL companies. That way, nobody makes any money but the government. IwonderIf, why don’t you hop a plane to China, I think you’ll like it there.

  • ouch

    Jese, you guys. Sometimes I just can’t believe the stupidity or maybe just the inability to wrap your minds around things. This state budget shut down is warping common sense. I make a lot of money–yet, I have tto pay into the MN healthcare risk pool for a (stupid and minimal)pre-existing condition since no other insurance co. will even allow me to pay them the big dollars to be on any of their plans. Not even the bad ones. I’s not cheap to be on the MN plan! But, I’m glad it’s available. So, for me to read this…well, it kinda sucks. Healthcare should be even across the board. Rich, poor. Whatever. You shouldn’t get what you don’t need but you should certainly be able to get what you do need.

  • pssst

    Here’s an idea, move the poor people to Afghanistan, we seem to be more interested in nation-building that country than our own, so maybe they will get better treatment over there. E-mail Obama and his wall street crook buddies and see if they can spare a dime or maybe Michele Obama can give them some fruit out of her gardens.

  • Mike Hawk

    All I know is that I’ve worked hard all my life, I pay my bills, taxs & all the rest of it. I can’t afford insurance & it makes me mad that I can’t even afford to get a hunia fixed, let alone take the time to heal up after the opperation if I could afford it. So I think the health industry is way over charging all of us & the insurance companies are in on it. Some thing needs to change but I don’t think Obama care is the answer either.

  • Angus

    Recent survey: The US ranks 37th in the world in health care for their citizens. The richest nation on earth and we can’t provide good health care for our own people. Maybe we should look at other countries and see how they can do so well when they are poorer than us. Maybe we aren’t always the smartest nation on earth.
    Part of the problem is too many people believe the right wing stereotype that everyone accepting help is lazy and taking advantage of us honest hardworking people. Easier to believe the myth than learn what is truly happening. No need to think.
    Ever notice the wages paid to companies involved in health care? Very similar to the salary paid to top management of some non profit companies. Check the wages and benefits paid to Red Cross and United Way executives. Truly obscene for both groups.

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