A new national health care report is out and it shows that Florida and Georgia have a lot of room for improvement. There is some good news, but folks want to see improvement in the next year.
Many folks receiving medical care in south Georgia may not see anything wrong, but a new national study by the United Health Foundation says Georgia ranks 45th in the nation. That's down four spots from the previous year.
Florida isn't much better, ranking 42nd in the nation. Problem areas for Georgia include a high rate of infectious disease and low school graduation rates.
The positives include a major reduction in the number of smokers. That's good news for the state's Tobacco Prevention Program.
Kenyarda Moore, a tobacco use prevention spokesperson, says, "We are extremely proud of Georgia being able to reduce the prevalence of smoking in our state. It’s something we've been working toward for a long time. The fight is not over, but this improvement gives us hope."
With less than one percent of the state's health budget going toward public health care in the Peach State, study officials say it doesn't look like things will be changing any time soon. Local folks say that's a problem that state officials need to address right now.
Rozell Orr, who wants better health care, says, “If it were their family members they would be more concerned about it than if it’s someone they don't know, but it’s why we elect them to look out for the welfare of the people in the community, so I think this needs to be addressed.”
If it’s not, next year's numbers may not be any better. Some health officials say it’s going to take more state spending to help turn around these poor health rankings.