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Report finds low health care spending growth in 2012 Third lowest rate of increase since mid-1990s


Mon, Jul 7th, 2014
Posted in All Health & Wellness

Health care spending in Minnesota increased by 4 percent to $39.8 billion from 2011 to 2012, according to a report released today by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH).

The report includes the most recent Minnesota spending data and looks at all health care spending, including private health insurance, out-of-pocket spending, state public programs, and Medicare.

These latest health care spending data show that health care spending increased slightly as the economy improved but remained low by historic standards. Minnesota spending growth was about the same as the national spending growth rate of nearly 4 percent in 2012, the most recent year for which data are available. Although twice the spending growth in 2011, the 2012 growth represents the third lowest rate of increase since Minnesota began tracking this trend in the mid-1990s.

Minnesota’s per-person health care spending in 2012 of $7,403 was lower than the national per person cost of $8,389. Plus, health care spending accounted for a smaller share of Minnesota’s economy, 13.5 percent, compared to the national number of 16.2 percent.

“By historic standards Minnesota saw low growth in health care spending in 2012,” said Minnesota Commissioner of Health Dr. Ed Ehlinger. “However, projections of future spending highlight that we must continue to focus on disease prevention and creating healthy communities if we are going ensure sustainability of health care costs over the long term.”

The spending trend suggests the considerable effect of the recession may have begun to wane in 2012, even though Minnesota’s uninsured rate remained high and employment had not fully recovered. “It’s yet to be seen whether Minnesota will return to near double-digit rates of growth after the lagged effects of the recession have worn off,” said Stefan Gildemeister, MDH’s state health economist. “What we are learning from Minnesota’s lower than national per-person spending suggests our role as a leader in delivering efficient health care services remains intact.”

Other possible factors slowing the growth in costs include:

•Continued increased shifting of costs to consumers.

•Slower development and implementation of new medical technologies.

•Implementation of consumer protections in insurance, which require health insurance companies to spend a certain share of pr .....
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Help the American Red Cross prevent a summer shortage

Mon, Jul 7th, 2014
Posted in All Health & Wellness

ST. PAUL, Minn. — The American Red Cross urges eligible blood donors to roll up a sleeve and give to help prevent a summer blood shortage. Blood donors with types O negative, B negative and A negative are especially needed. The Red Cross is see ..... 
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WMC Mabel Clinic open house July 11

Mon, Jul 7th, 2014
Posted in Mabel Health & Wellness

Providers and staff of the WMC Mabel Clinic invite the public to attend an Open House on Friday, July 11 from 12 noon - 3 p.m. The open house is a celebration of the one-year anniversary of the clinic expansion. There will be giveaways, the first 5 ..... 
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Can someone help you manage your health care?

Mon, Jul 7th, 2014
Posted in All Health & Wellness

With all the hustle and bustle of summer, have you taken steps to ensure you and your family can easily access health care or health care information? Depending on your situation, you may want to consider giving specific types of consent to people ..... 
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Bloodmobile in Harmony on July 15

Mon, Jul 7th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Health & Wellness

Harmony will be hosting a bloodmobile at the Harmony Community Center from 1-7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 15, 2014. All donors will be required to provide identification before donating, so please remember your donor card or driver’s license. Typica ..... 
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Fifth annual Harmony Hustle sustains “A Brush with Kindness” projects

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Jun 27th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Health & Wellness

“We’ve raised more than $18,000 in support of Habitat,” said Harmony Hustle co-organizer Ralph Beastrom who helps organize the Harmony Hustle, a 10K run, 5K run/walk, and a 1K Kid’s Challenge all part of Harmony’s Fourth of July celebratio ..... 
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Red Cross issues 4th of July safety steps

Fri, Jun 27th, 2014
Posted in All Health & Wellness

ROCHESTER, Minn. — This Fourth of July weekend, many people will be traveling, firing up the backyard grill or enjoying fireworks, and the American Red Cross offers a series of steps everyone can follow to safely enjoy the holiday weekend. “Ev ..... 
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American Red Cross seeks more blood donations this summer

Fri, Jun 20th, 2014
Posted in All Health & Wellness

The American Red Cross encourages blood donors to help prevent a summer shortage by rolling up a sleeve to give. Donors of all blood types are urged to schedule an appointment now, especially those with types O negative, B negative and A negative. ..... 
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Harmony receives ACT on Alzheimer’s Grant to advance dementia-friendly work

Fri, Jun 20th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Health & Wellness

HARMONY, Minn. - Harmony recently received a Grant through ACT on Alzheimer’s to help make Harmony a more dementia-friendly community. Harmony is one of 12 new action communities to commit towards preparing Minnesota for the growing number of p ..... 
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