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Colorado has one of the highest low-birth-weight rates in the nation. The medium treatment costs for low-birth-weight babies range between $32,000 and $50,000. The average cost for a healthy baby delivery at Colorado Springs two hospitals is about $6,000.
Linda Short, a public health nurse and the community perinatal case manager for the El Paso County Department of Health and Environment, said the March of Dimes information on low-birth weights also included statistics on long-term costs. Health care education and child care expenses for the 3.5 to 4 million children born with low birth weight totals between $5.5 billion and $6 billion from birth to age 15. Continue Reading Health department promotes healthy weight for moms-to-be

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Does Big America need big government?

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Obesity in the United States is at epidemic proportions. Health organizations across the country are asking government and businesses to step up to the plate to reduce the portions on Americans’ plates.
According to an August report from Trust for America’s Health, a nonprofit organization focused on disease prevention, figures from the Centers for Disease Control show that almost two-thirds of American adults are overweight or obese. Childhood obesity rates tripled from 1980 to 2004. Continue Reading Does Big America need big government?

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Monitoring and protecting the health of our community is the primary focus of the El Paso County Department of Health and Environment (EPCDHE). Your Health Department works hard to maintain and improve conditions that enable you to live a healthy life in a safe environment. Like most large health departments around the country, the EPCDHE services to the community range from the traditional — preventing and containing the spread of infectious disease and ensuring the food you eat and activities you engage in are safe — to more cutting-edge services, such as leading our community in preparation for a possible pandemic flu outbreak and conducting comprehensive health status assessments. Continue Reading El Paso County Health Department introduces comprehensive community health report

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The United States spends a higher portion of its gross domestic product on health care than any other country, but its performance rating ranks 37 out of 191 countries, according to the World Health Organization. The United Kingdom spends 6 percent of its gross domestic product on health care and is rated No. 18 for performance.
Americans are less healthy than the British or the Canadians and spend twice as much on health care. Continue Reading In sickness and in health; is it government ‘til we part?

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Hospital performance reports: getting it right

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In June, UnitedHealthcare released a report card ranking Colorado hospitals on 150 procedures, evaluated for quality and cost. The results of the study showed a few significant differences between Penrose-St. Francis Health Services and Memorial Hospital.
However, an earlier report that was cited by some local media contained data that was skewed. Continue Reading Hospital performance reports: getting it right

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Follow the leader

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The underwriting process reduced me to a child-like state of total helplessness. I felt like a criminal because I am over 50 and take meds for attention deficit disorder. Continue Reading Follow the leader

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Q&A

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Enthoven, a former Rhodes Scholar, is a Marriner Eccles professor emeritus of public and private management at Stanford University and one of the founders of the Jackson Hole Group, a national think tank on health care policy. He also is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a consultant to the Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, chairman of the Health Benefits Advisory Council for the California Public Employees’ Retirement System and a member of the board of directors of the Integrated Health Care Association. Continue Reading Q&A

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A voice in the wilderness or a trailblazer?

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Over the past 24 years, national health expenditures have increased from 9.1 percent of the gross domestic product to 16 percent. If the rate of growth continues for the next 24 years, national health expenditures will reach 28 percent of the GDP.
-Alain Enthoven, professor emeritus, Stanford Continue Reading A voice in the wilderness or a trailblazer?

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Boomers driving the golf industry

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Golfers over age 55 play twice as much as their younger counterparts, and the frequency of play peaks between age 65 and 75, according to Pellucid Corp., a company that researches the golf industry. It’s expected that by 2020, seniors will account for more than 50 percent of all rounds of golf in the United States.
Baby boomers love their sports. They grew up with the mantra “no pain, no gain,” often pushing their physical limits. As a result, many boomers are suffering from boomeritis, a condition coined by the American Academy of Orthopedics as sports-related injuries, such as bursitis, tendonitis, arthritis, sprains, strains and stress fractures, that cause chronic problems. Continue Reading Boomers driving the golf industry

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A top-notch physicians lounge complete with hot gourmet meals and exercise equipment has become an attractive hub for doctors at Memorial Hospital. The docs are happy and spending longer hours on site. Something for something: balanced reciprocity – and something beyond. Continue Reading Doctor, doctor, I’ll give you the news: I’ve got a good case for loving you

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