New Jerseyans are used to thinking that they have better healthcare than much of the country. They should think again. The rates for preventable hospitalizations for adults with chronic conditions and for preventable hospitalizations for pediatrics were higher than the national average, according to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation data hub.
The rate for potentially preventable hospitalizations for adults with chronic conditions such as diabetes, congestive heart failure, angina, asthma, and the like was 1,046 per 100,000 versus the national average of 1,010.
The rate of preventable hospitalizations for pediatrics was also higher than the national average -- 180 per 100,000 versus 169 per 100,000.
The one area in which New Jerseyans surpassed the national average -- and by a significant margin -- was preventable hospitalizations for acute conditions (such as infections, pneumonia, dehydration). That rate was 568 per 100,000 versus the national average of 653 per 100,000.