Steve Griffin, Deseret News FILE – Sunrise lights the Salt Lake City skyline as a thick blanket of fog covers the Salt Lake Valley on Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018. SALT LAKE CITY — Utah is a low-cost, healthy state. A large population of youth and a long list of healthy behaviors helps to keep it that way. But those factors are changing, taking Utah’s reputation along with it. An aging population, increasing health care needs and changing demographics are making Utah’s health care costs grow at one of the fastest rates in the country — maybe enough to derail the health of the populace, or at least lose pace with it, a new report from the University of Utah’s Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute states. The report details issues that may affect the cost and quality of health care in Utah in the coming years and decades. A few of the state’s experts on health care gathered Wednesday to discuss it. “The state is changing, the demographics are changing and those changes are going to require us in health care to pay attention if we’re really going to keep our communities and individuals healthy,” said Dr. Michael Good, CEO at… Read full this story
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