JACKSON, Miss– The latest health rankings put Mississippi at dead last. News Mississippi wanted to know why that is and what can be done.
Mississippi holds the bottom spot for healthcare in the nation again, despite efforts with telehealth and health education.
“It’s multifactorial,” says Dr. Dan Edney, President Elect of the Mississippi State Medical Association, “and it has a lot to do with poverty.”
Edney says there aren’t enough doctors in Mississippi to treat a chronically ill state–many of those illnesses coming from obesity.
“There are less doctors per capita, and less money per household per capita,” Edney says, “there just aren’t the resources.”
But Edney says there is hope.
“We have a highly trained workforce,” says Edney, “we can be number one, it’s not a pipe dream.”
Here’s the whole interview with Dr. Edney and what he says could help and harm health care in Mississippi: