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HHS: 2008 National Healthcare Quality & Disparities Reports

These two annual reports from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services focus on the quality and accessibility of American health care. HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said the reports helped make the case for comprehensive health care reform. 

Access the reports directly: 

  • 2008 National Healthcare Quality Report (2.3mb PDF)
  • 2008 National Healthcare Disparities Report (4.2mb PDF)
According to a press release, the reports found:
  • 40 percent of recommended care is not received by patients.
  • Only 40 percent of diabetic patients received three recommended diabetic preventive exams in the past year, and this rate has not improved over time.
  • Only half of obese adults and children are given advice to exercise more and eat a healthy diet.
  • Seven out of ten adults with mood, anxiety, or impulse disorders received inadequate treatment or no treatment at all.
  • Disparities in health care persist. Minority patients receive disproportionately poor care compared to Caucasian patients. At least 60 percent of quality measures have not improved for minorities compared to Caucasians in the past six years.
  • One in seven hospitalized Medicare patients experience one or more adverse event.