Once again, bottom of a list...

(May 5, 2004) — (Little Rock-AP) -- In a study of twelve cities, Little Rock ranked at the bottom in how much overall health care people receive compared to what's recommended. But, there wasn't much difference between the best and the worst in the study. The Rand Corporation studied nearly seven-thousand patients from 1996 to 2000 in twelve randomly chosen metropolitan areas with more than 200-thousand residents. The study compared interviews and medical records of patients to standards compiled from doctors across the nation. The results, published in the May/June issue of Health Affairs, showed those in the Little Rock area received about 51 percent of recommended preventive care and care for their existing conditions. Seattle ranked highest in that category, at 58.6 percent. Study organizers say they expected a greater gap but found that the results were similar from city to city.