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October 13, 2014

Health Assessment: Black Hills Lags on Checkups

The Rapid City Regional service area keeps pace with U.S averages in prescription coverage, access to physicians, and ongoing medical care, a recent study conducted by Regional Health found.

At the same time, The region lags in routine checkups with 59.8 percent of the region versus 67.3 percent of the nation. This is especially true for children with 77.8 percent who have had a checkup within the past year as opposed to 87 percent nationally.

The Rapid City region struggles with providing consistent healthcare coverage to residents, with 9.7 percent of the population going without healthcare coverage in the past year. This compares to 4.8 percent nationally.

In the service area of Rapid City Regional Hospital, the most significant healthcare strength lies in a generally low cost for prescriptions, according to the study. This means that people are less likely to be deterred from buying prescriptions in South Dakota due to high prices than other areas in the United States. In the region, 11 percent of the population went without prescriptions in the past year due to cost. The national average is 15 percent.

Regional Health conducted the comprehensive ‘Community Health Needs Assessment’ in 2013. This study encompassed Butte, Custer, Fall River, Haakon, Jackson, Lawrence, Meade, Pennington, and Shannon counties. According to Regional Health, “This Community Health Needs Assessment is a systematic, data-driven approach to determining the health status, behaviors and needs of residents in the Primary Service Area of Rapid City Regional Hospital.”  This study was conducted to inform regional decision making and help highlight the health and wellness concerns of the Black Hills.

The study evaluated a substantial number of health concerns from health insurance coverage to obesity and disease.

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