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El Paso tops the list of worst health care coverage

El Paso tops the list of worst health care coverage
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Monday, April 22, 2013 - 6:30pm

El Paso has found it's way to the top of yet another painful list.

According to the latest data released by Gallup and Healthways, El Paso ranks third in the country for the worst health care coverage in the United States.

The fact that so many people do not have health insurance is problematic, given some widespread health problems in the area.

Nearly 15% of the population has been diagnosed with diabetes, higher than all but just seven metropolitan areas in the country.

Area residents also have a higher incidence of recurring knee or leg pain compared to the country as a whole.

Almost a quarter of the population lived below the poverty level in 2011, making El Paso one of the most impoverished metropolitan areas in the country.

Based on the Gallup-Healthways, 60.4% of El Paso residents indicated that they had a personal doctor, the fourth-lowest rate of all metro areas.

Other Texas cities topping the list include McAllen, with the lowest rate in the country and Houston coming in ninth.
 

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