Growth in health care spending slowed in 2010; recession may be factor

The Minnesota Health Department reports the growth in health care spending was just 2.2 percent in 2010. That's the smallest increase in more than a decade. The health commissioner says it could be the result of cash-strapped Minnesotans putting off medical procedures. If so, the figure may soar as those deferred medical needs demand attention.
Author:
Publish date:
Updated on

The Minnesota Health Department reports the growth in health care spending was just 2.2 percent in 2010. That's the smallest increase in more than a decade. The health commissioner says it could be the result of cash-strapped Minnesotans putting off medical procedures. If so, the figure may soar as those deferred medical needs demand attention.

Next Up

Related

U of M survey: medical students not up to speed on health care overhaul

While medical students are busy learning how to provide care, their education does not seem to include much about the big picture of health care policy. A University of Minnesota doctor surveyed the state's medical students last year and found fewer than half could say they understood the basics of the country's new health care overhaul.

UnitedHealth pledges to keep health care overhaul provisions

Minnetonka-based UnitedHealth, the nation's largest health insurer, told the Associated Press it plans to keep and extend some provisions of the federal health-reform legislation regardless of whether the law is overturned. The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to issue a ruling later this month on the law's constitutionality.

Minnesota health care scores high in nation

The private Commonwealth Fund ranked the St. Paul region the best out of more than 300 areas across the country. Rochester and Minneapolis were also among the top five. It's based on access to health care, prevention, treatment and healthy living. The Duluth region was placed 70th.

Low-income group falls into health care 'no-man's land'

The federal health care overhaul was aimed at providing affordable health insurance to millions of Americans who lack it. But a low-income group falls into a kind of no-man's land for affordable coverage, and Minnesota officials are considering an optional program to help fill this gap. But there is a huge unknown: cost.

Minnesota No. 1 in nation for providing medical care

A new federal analysis of hospitals, clinics, nursing homes and other medical providers ranks Minnesota's health care system the best in the U.S. The Star Tribune reports the state was first in care at medical clinics, fourth in care at hospitals, eighth in nursing homes, but 43rd in home health care. Wisconsin fell to second after it was ranked first last year. Iowa ranked sixth, North Dakota eighth and South Dakota 11th.