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Utah in Top Eight for Overall Health Care

Utah in Top Eight for Overall Health Care

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- According to a new report by the Department of Health and Human Services, Utah is in the top eight states for overall health care.

But the report also points out areas where improvement is needed.

Utah is one of eight states to receive a "strong" rating, and is the only one in the West to receive that high rating. No states were given the report's "very strong" rating.

According to the Utah Department of Health report entitled "Challenges in Utah's Health Care," the state's hospital and home care measures, as well as patient safety were rated above average.

According to the Utah report, Utah needs to improve when it comes to the breast and cervical cancer screenings, child immunizations and providing care for children with chronic health conditions. The state also needs to reduce the number of uninsured residents.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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