by ReThink Health

A report released yesterday from the Minnesota Department of Health found that:

  • Minnesotans receive as much as $2 billion in hospital care a year that could be avoided
  • 1.3 million ER visits were preventable in 2012, as were 50,000 initial hospital admissions and 22,000 readmissions for patients who had been recently discharged
  • 50,000 people had four or more potentially avoidable ER visits
  • Depression and other mental health disorders were a substantial cause of ER visits and rehospitalizations
  • Preventable hospital care was generally more common among elderly and low-income patients on state-subsidized health plans

Minnesota health economist, Stefan Gildemeister says, “preventing hospital visits requires spending in other areas such as increasing primary care access to patients in low-income areas and at more convenient hours for working families.”

What are your thoughts on these findings? What are some other solutions to prevent unnecessary health care costs?


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