10 FAST FACTS:
The Need for Affordable Health Care in Phelps County*
This information has been derived from our 2011 Health Assessment Survey.
To read the entire Phelps County Health Care Needs Assessment - 2011 please click here.
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- Phelps County is designated by the federal government as a “Health Professional Shortage Area” for primary medical care, dental care and mental health care. The St. James area of Phelps County is designated as a Medically Underserved Area.
- In 2010, per capita income in Phelps County was $19,878, compared to $23,920 for Missouri and $28,661 nationwide -- thus, Missouri’s per capita income is 20.3% higher than Phelps County and the nation’s is 44.2% higher.
- Phelps County has a significantly higher percentage of residents living at poverty level (18.4%) compared to the state (14.5%) and the nation (14.4%).
- 53% of Phelps County children under the age of six years live below 200% of the federal poverty level.
- 32.4% of Phelps County residents 65 years of age and older have incomes at or below 200% of the federal poverty level.
- The percentage of uninsured Phelps County residents (18.2%) exceeds both state and national rates of uninsured individuals.
- In 2009, 17.5% of Phelps County residents were enrolled in Medicaid compared to 14.7% at the state level—57.4% of births in 2009 in Phelps County were to mothers on Medicaid – 47.8% in Missouri.
- Children in Phelps County without health insurance exceed both the state and national rates.
- Phelps County mortality rates exceed Missouri’s for heart disease (smoking attributable), stroke, chronic lower respiratory diseases, pneumonia and influenza, kidney disease, septicemia, and chronic liver disease.
- Phelps County’s rate of emergency room visits, hospitalizations and deaths for injuries exceeds that of Missouri.
*A Needs Assessment was conducted in winter 2011 by Ray and Associates analyzed Phelps County data.
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