In its most recent report, the American College of Emergency Physicians gives Illinois a low grade for its overall emergency care environment.
ACEP’s last report came in 2009. In that study, Illinois was given a ‘C’ grade.
Officials say the state’s grade is hampered by its medical liability environment. They say it threatens the state's ability to retain quality medical professionals.
The findings also indicate that Illinois lags behind other states in the area of disaster preparedness.
Illinois did fare better in the area quality and patient safety. The report also says Illinois has better than average health insurance coverage for children.
In compiling the information, the authors tracked 136 measures from sources including the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Service.
Here is a link to the report.