Infant Mortality in the USA
NPR’s Kathy Lor documents the Mississippi Delta’s rise in infant mortality. This increase in mortality is occurring despite the provision of health insurance via Medicaid. Health Department clinics have closed; Medicaid bureaucratic hurdles have increased; provider participation has declined because of low reimbursement levels; and racial and socioeconomic demographics contribute to the problem.
We have healthcare delivery problems in this country and we have unique geographic, racial, and cultural constraints.
If universal coverage is achieved by expanding our government’s failing healthcare financing system, do not expect improvement in our infant mortality statistics. Let’s hope that the Jepps family has better luck than these folk in the Delta.