Health insurance premiums for myself and my wife may be almost three times as much as our mortgage payment, but never mind. Saint Paul is the best city for healthcare in the United States. So says the new Rising to the Challenge: Results from a Scorecard on Local Health System Performance, 2012 from The Commonwealth Fund.
The study used 43 metrics for its assessment including access, quality, costs, potentially avoidable hospital use, and health outcomes. Saint Paul scored in the top 25 percent of all 10 health outcomes sub-metrics which included infant mortality, obesity rate, rate of smoking, and deaths from breast cancer.
Not for nothing was I instructed by our attorney when I was diagnosed with end-stage renal disease in February 2000 to get a tattoo that said, “I don’t care where you found this body. Ship it back to Saint Paul, Minnesota.”