When it comes to heart attacks, additional health care spending was only weakly associated with lower case-fatality rates, according to a study of Medicare patients. What did make a difference to researchers was coronary angioplasty on the first day of heart attack patients’ hospitalizations.
The overall infant mortality rate in the U.S. declined 14% between 2005 and 2015, from 6.86 infant deaths per 1,000 live births in 2005 to 5.90 in 2015, according to the CDC. However, CDC researchers found wide variation among the states, ranging from 9.08 deaths per 1,000 live births in Mississippi (the highest rate), to 4.28 deaths per 1,000 live births in Massachusetts (the lowest).
Women who were new patients waited an average of nearly 24 days to be seen by an ob/gyn, according to research by Athenahealth. In contrast, the new-patient wait to see for an orthopedist was 13 days. Waits for first appointments with primary care physicians, pediatricians, and cardiologists fell in between those two extremes.