As Mark Twain once wrote, "There are three kinds of lies: Lies, damned lies, and statistics."
Nonetheless, the numbers — even better sometimes than words or pictures — can provide quick insights about large, complex systems. Here are some statistics pulled together by KHI News Service from various sources about Kansas health and health care, some of which you may find surprising.
Kaiser Family Foundation
Follow the money
Total Kansas health care spending per capita in 2009 was $6,782. In 1999, it was $3,915.
Average expense per in-patient day for a Kansas for-profit hospital in 2010 was $1,755. The average expense for a non-profit hospital was $1,555. For a state or local government-owned hospital it was $901, according to annual survey data collected by the American Hospital Association.
The average annual family premium for employer-based health insurance per enrolled employee in 2011 was $14,459. The average employee share was $3,526 versus the employer's $10,993, according to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
In 2011, slightly more than 11 percent of Kansans reported not seeing a doctor in the previous 12 months because of the cost, according to Kaiser’s statehealthfacts.org.
The number of retail prescriptions filled at Kansas pharmacies in 2011 was 34,376,783 or an average of 12 per resident. Retail sales of prescriptions filled at Kansas pharmacies totaled: $1,944,483,582.
In 2011, there were 18,497 Kansans living in nursing homes, according to the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured. Of the state’s 340 certified facilities, 96.2 percent were cited for some sort of “deficiency” in living conditions; 29.7 percent were cited for deficiencies that could result in “actual harm” or “immediate jeopardy” to residents. The most common cause for a citation was “unnecessary drugs.”
Kansas Medical Assistance Report, FY 2013
Keep the government out of my health care
The number of Kansans receiving federal Medicare benefits in 2012 was 448,215, up more than 10 percent from 2002.
The number of Kansans enrolled in Medicaid in May 2013 was 397,777, according to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.
By comparison, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas, the state’s dominant private health insurer had 377,518 enrollees in its combined individual, small and large group plans in 2011, according to an analysis of the company’s federal reporting done by the Kaiser Family Foundation.
In all, about 29 percent of Kansans were in some sort of public health plan in 2011, according to the foundation.
In 2010, of the state’s 130 hospitals, 47.7 percent were state or local government owned, 39.2 percent were nonprofit and 13.1 percent were for profit, according to numbers pulled from the annual survey reports of the American Hospital Association.
The state’s Federally Qualified Health Centers, which are safety-net clinics that mostly take care of the uninsured and underinsured, treated 147,789 patients in 2011. The clinics had 433,349 visits, according to the National Association of Community Health Centers. The clinics operate under supervision of the federal Health Resources and Services Administration and are funded mostly by federal and state grants and Medicare or Medicaid payments.
As of November 2012, Kansas had 6,349 physicians of which 3,354 were primary care doctors. The other 3,085 were specialists.
In 2011, there were 28,180 registered nurses employed in the state, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
There were 1,468 active Kansas dentists in November 2012, according to the American Dental Association.
Kansas employment in the health care industry in 2011 was 122,850, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That was 9.4 percent of the state’s total workforce.
2011 Vital Statistics Report
Life and death
In 2011, according to the latest KDHE vital statistics report, the birth rate was the lowest since the state’s vital statistics system was launched in 1912. There were 39,628 live births reported and 25,114 deaths.
Cancer replaced heart disease as the leading cause of death for the second straight year. Accidents were the fourth leading cause of death and suicide was the 10th.
In 2012, there were 7,457 induced abortions reported, the fewest since 1987, according to a preliminary report by KDHE.
For the first time since 1971, when reporting began, more of the women who had abortions were from out of state than from Kansas. The overwhelming majority of the abortions were performed in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. The large majority of women who had them were unmarried and reported no previous abortion.
According to 2011 FBI statistics, Kansas had 369.1 violent crimes per 100,000 population, a rate considerably less than Nevada’s but more than New Jersey’s.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Kansas suicide rate (13.68 per 100,000) was higher than the national average rate (11.26). But the state’s homicide rate (4.16) was lower than the national average by about two points.
The Kansas Bureau of Investigation reported 10,207 violent crimes in 2012, including 91 murders and 1,067 rapes.
According to an analysis of CDC data done by the Center for American Progress, Kansas had 300 gun deaths in 2010, which ranked it 22nd among the states.
According to the study, there were 2,861 gun deaths in Kansas between 2001 and 2010. Arkansas and Utah, which have population size similar to Kansas, had 4,291 and 2,407 gun deaths respectively over the same decade.
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