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Report: Nevada doesn't make the grade for health care

Posted at 12:28 PM, Oct 04, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-04 15:35:19-04

Nevada is getting some below average grades in health care again.

The nonprofit group Nevada Medical Center crunched the numbers and found that Nevada got an overall D grade when it comes to access to health care. The group gave the state the same grade last year.

According to the Nevada Medical Center, in a little over two decades, the Silver State's population has doubled with most of the people residing in Southern Nevada -- 73 percent. But at the same time there aren't enough providers despite the population increase.

Nevada Medical Center is made up of business and health care leaders who told 13 Action News last year the creation of the UNLV School of Medicine should help. But there is one thing that drives down our scores in just about every other area.

The state's scores were average at a C grade in chronic diseases, substance abuse and mental health. Nutrition and activity got a better grade with a B.

Infectious disease was not a category previously but was included this year with a D grade. The prevalence of sexually transmitted diseases have risen dramatically in the last 16 years.