Around three-fourths of women physicians said they have been discriminated against because of their gender and believe men are paid more for the same position, a new survey from Dallas-based physician search firm Merritt Hawkins says. Unconscious employer discrimination and a lack of negotiating assertiveness are believed to be the main culprit. “Women are entering medicine in record numbers and are having a profound impact on the medical profession,” said Travis Singleton, executive vice president of Merritt Hawkins via release. “However, despite these achievements, female physicians continue to be paid less than their male counterparts and face other forms of… Full Story
Texas has the second highest rate of Alzheimer’s in the country, according to a new report from A Place for Mom that analyzed census bureau data. Among Texas’ senior population, 13 percent have Alzheimer’s, causing 9,545 deaths each year statewide. Alzheimer’s is the sixth leading cause of death in the country, and its frequency grew 145 percent between 2000 and 2017. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that more than 5 million Americans suffer from Alzheimer’s disease, and around 11 percent of those over the age of 65 have the disease nationwide. In Texas, the annual costs for Medicare… Full Story
Like most Americans, I am worried about the rising cost of healthcare, but the terrible news is that the real healthcare cost problem hasn’t even arrived yet. And like many people, I’m tired of our health insurance premiums going up. As a business owner, for the last few years I’ve had to make the tough decision of raising premiums on our employees, increasing deductibles, or having our company absorb the increase. Unfortunately, our company’s health premiums have gone up an average of 17% each of the last four years while maintaining the same benefit plan. A 87% increase in insurance… Full Story
Texas continued its slide in United Health Foundation’s 2018 “America’s Health Rankings Annual Report,” where it went from 33rd in the nation in 2016 to 37th in 2018. On the brighter side, the report found that high school graduation increased, cancer and drug deaths decreased, smoking rates went down while the number of primary care physicians increased. But the worst insured rate in the nation and increases in diabetes rates, physical activity, cardiovascular deaths and mental distress were enough to bump Texas down a few spots. The report measures states’ health via 35 measures across five categories: behaviors, community and… Full Story
Dallas is just below average relative to the state in nearly every health measure, according to the County Health Rankings and Roadmaps from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Though we aren’t far off the average, Dallas residents are more likely to smoke, be obese, be killed on the road due to alcohol, have a teen pregnancy and catch a sexually transmitted disease than rest of the state. We are less likely to be physically active or have access to exercise opportunities. Dallas does have less excessive drinking and fewer preventable hospital stays than the state average. Overall Dallas County ranks… Full Story
Adding another statistic here from the Merritt Hawkins study we tipped to earlier this month. The company worked with The Physicians Foundation to survey 8,774 physicians about their practice and morale. Texas has the 7th-highest rate of private practice physicians in the country, at 40.1 percent. The national average is 29 percent. Here are the top 10 states for private practice physicians: Nevada (47.8 %) Georgia (47.1%) Louisiana (45.5%) Connecticut (43.4%) Hawaii (41.9%) Mississippi (41.4%) Texas (40.1%) Tennessee (39.9%) New Jersey (38.4 %) South Dakota (36.8%) The state with the lowest percentage of physicians was North Dakota at 12.5 percent.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid released final 2017 enrollment numbers relating to Affordable Care Act health insurance Tuesday, and the numbers confirm a report issued in February by an outside group. That report showed us that in Texas, Obamacare sign-ups dipped more than the national average last year. What’s interesting about CMS’ data is that you can download a set that splits it up by county. Doing that, we see that Dallas County has the seventh-highest number of consumers—106,923—who’ve selected a plan via the ACA exchange. About 36,000 of those are new consumers from the fall enrollment period, while… Full Story
Two weeks ago, I wrote about the Walgreens Flu Index, which at the time showed that seven of the 10 most active U.S. markets for the flu, at least by drugs prescribed, were right here in Texas. Since then, the state has made some improvement, with just three local markets remaining on the list. Nice! Except one problem: Dallas-Fort Worth has actually climbed during that period, from fourth-worst in the country to second-worst, slotted just behind Oklahoma City. By the numbers, getting a grasp on where we stand within the evolution of this very bad flu season is difficult. DFW… Full Story
UT Southwestern has placed No.8 in a four-way tie in U.S. News’ “Best Medical Schools for Primary Care” 2018 list. The University of Washington in Seattle is the best medical school for primary care, according to the U.S. News & World Report ranking, and UT Southwestern was the only school in North Texas to make the list. According to U.S. News, the rankings are based on faculty resources, a peer assessment score, and program selectivity statistics, along with other calculations. The top 11 medical schools for primary care, the publication says, are as follows: 1. University of Washington–Seattle 2. University… Full Story
Our newest data set is from numbers provided by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for the fiscal year 2013, as corralled by the Texas Tribune in its interactive Texas Hospitals Explorer. For the next month, we’ll be posting graphics for three similarly sized hospitals: Texas Health Presbyterian Dallas (898 beds), Baylor University Medical Center (876 beds), and Parkland Memorial Hospital (769 beds). This week’s stat is the percentage of patients that would recommend the hospital. Graphic by Renee Blostein, interactive designer for D Magazine.