Observations: U.S. Territory Hospitals Have Higher Death Rates, Less Federal Fundin
It's no secret that health care in the U.S. is not as good as that in many other developed countries. And a new report finds that hospitals in U.S. territories—including Puerto Rico, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Northern Mariana Islands—are even further behind. "Virtually all of the territorial hospitals performed below the U.S. national averages," noted the authors of the study.
To assess the quality of hospital care in U.S. territories, a team of researchers tabulated patients' risk of dying or being readmitted a month after being hospitalized for cardiac arrest, heart failure or pneumonia between 2005 and 2008. All rates were "significantly higher" (except for readmission proceeding heart failure) in territories versus in states, according to the report.