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CT Health Facts
- In 2007, 326,000 Connecticut residents did not have health
insurance. 43,000 of them were children below the age of 18.
- One in eleven Connecticut residents do not visit a doctor due to
- In Connecticut, health care costs are expected to rise 4.6% in 2010.
- In 2007, 19.4 percent of American families reported problems paying
medical bills, even though almost 60% of these families were insured at
the time the debt was incurred. One in five people who had problems with
medical bills considered filing for bankruptcy, and of these,
approximately 2.2 million people ended up filing for bankruptcy.
- In FY 2006, there were approximately 48,000 avoidable
hospitalizations in Connecticut costing approximately $1 billion
(avoidable hospitalizations are those that could have been avoided
through timely and effective outpatient primary care).
- 21% of Connecticut residents are enrolled in a health maintenance
organization (HMO); we have the fifteenth highest enrollment in the
- Connecticut's per person health care spending is 20% higher than the
- One in eight Connecticut non-farm workers are employed in the health
care sector. 9
- 15.9% of Connecticut adults (one in six) smoke cigarettes. The
figure is up by half of a percentage point from the 2007 number. 10
- One in six Connecticut high school students smoke.
- There were 2,905 births to Connecticut teenagers in 2006. 12
- In 2008, 358 AIDS and 387 HIV cases were reported in CT.
Cumulatively, there are 10,860 people who were reported living with
HIV/AIDS in CT.
- One in ten of Connecticut's public school children have asthma.
- On an annual basis, Connecticut spends a total of $47.3 million on
hospitalization charges and $13.4 million on emergency visit charges due
to asthma as a primary diagnosis.
- From 2000 – 2004, children living in Hartford are 28 times more
likely to visit an emergency room for an asthma emergency than children
living in Westport.
Updated May 2009 by Selina Tirtajana, CTHPP Intern. Originally
compiled December 2007 by Wilbur Hu and George Norberg, CTHPP 2007 Yale
- US Census Current Population Reports. Income,
Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2007.
Issued August 2008.
- Statehealthfacts.org, Connecticut: Percentage
Reporting Not Seeing a Doctor in the Past 12 Months Because of Cost,
- Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services. National
Health Expenditure Projections: 2008 - 2018. February 2009.
- Peter J. Cunningham. Trade-offs getting tougher:
Problems paying medical bills increase for U.S. families, 2003 -
2007. Center for Studying Health System Change Tracking Report no.
21. September 2008.
- Connecticut Office of Health Care Access.
Preventable Hospitalizations in Connecticut: Assessing access to
Community Health Services, Office of Health Care Access, FY
2000-2006, April 2008.
- Statehealthfacts.org Individual State Profiles.
Connecticut: Total HMO Enrollment, July 2008. Data as of July 2008.
- Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Health
Expenditure Data: by State of Residence. 2007 (2004 data).
CTHPP calculation of DSS & AMA (American Medical Association)
numbers. Number of Medicaid-credentialed physicians is obtained from
DSS Provider Search.
- Connecticut Department of Labor. CT Economic Digest,
- Centers for Disease Control, Behavioral Risk Factor
Surveillance System, 2008.
- Connecticut Department of Public Health, Cigarette
Smoking Among Connecticut Youth, 2007.
- Connecticut Department of Public Health,
Connecticut Resident Births, 2006.
- Connecticut Department of Public Health, AIDS
Surveillance Report, 2008.
- Connecticut Department of Public Health, Asthma in
Connecticut 2008: A Surveillance Report. 2008.
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