Avoidable hospitalizations and socio-economic status in Galveston County, Texas

  title={Avoidable hospitalizations and socio-economic status in Galveston County, Texas},
  author={Charles E. Begley and Carl H. Slater and Martha J. Engel and MS ThomasF.Reynolds},
  journal={Journal of Community Health},
Population-based hospitalization rates for preventable conditions are derived for a low-income population in Galveston County, Texas using discharge data from four area hospitals and demographic data from the U.S. Census. Comparisons are made with similar rates for the general populations of two eastern states (Maryland and Massachusetts) and New York City. Results support the hypothesis that low-income persons lack access to primary care, leading to higher rates of hospitalization for… CONTINUE READING

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