A pound of cure for what ails Colorado

March 21, 2012
by Anne Warhover, president and CEO of the Colorado Health Foundation
Denver Post

With Colorado's economy still lagging in many respects, how can we as a state improve health and cut costs? Benjamin Franklin's famous quote, "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure," holds many of the answers.

Though health care already accounts for a substantial chunk of the state's budget, results from the 2011 Colorado Health Report Card suggest we should get more bang from our health care buck in this time of harsh economic realities. Released annually by the Colorado Health Foundation in collaboration with the Colorado Health Institute, the latest report card shows the state is making encouraging progress in some areas. Notably, the percentage of children without health insurance declined from 12 percent in 2010 to 9 percent in 2011.



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