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Florida's Health Care Quality Falls Short

When it comes to health-care quality, Florida is barely “average”. According to the National Healthcare Quality Report (NHQR) conducted by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Florida is hovering right on the line between “average” and “weak.”

While home health, maternal and child, and cancer measures were above average for the state, other measures like preventive health and diabetes care lagged behind. According to the survey, Florida’s health quality was mostly affected by the risk factors such as diabetes and heart disease. Florida also had the highest percentage of high-risk adults needing routine care like yearly flu shots. Additionally, the number of Floridians who needed care right away for an illness, injury or condition in the last 12 months and got care as soon as they wanted it was worse than the national average.

As an employer, these findings may seem unsettling. A lower quality of health is more likely to lead to more absenteeism, less productivity and increased healthcare costs. However, an onsite clinic providing primary care, health risk intervention and disease management services may be a solution.

With a provider like Healthstat onboard, employees can conveniently access quality, routine care like yearly flu shots. In addition, easy access to prevention education and routine monitoring can help manage diseases such as diabetes and heart disease. As employee health improves, employers ultimately benefit from reduced healthcare costs, reduced absenteeism and increases in productivity.

See the NHQR Florida results: