South Carolina Health Report shows that the state ranks low in terms of health. Genetics and lifestyle of the population and most importantly, lack of quality health care facilities is the main factor for this low ranking. Poor eating habits, diets rich in fried and fatty foods and insufficient exercise, contribute to poor health status.
Metabolic Syndrome or Syndrome X is very rampant in the south-eastern regions, among those populations suffering from diabetes mellitus and hypertension. Untreated hypertension and diabetes can be the major cause of depression among the state population. This in turn leads to life threatening diseases such as heart problems, stroke, renal failure, blindness, etc. Mental illness is also common, which can have costly and deadly consequences as the Public Mental Health Services fail to meet their needs.
Statistical reports show that around 19.4% of those residing in South Carolina are not insured with any form of health insurance. Most of the uninsured citizens state unaffordability as the reason for not acquiring or buying a health insurance. Some of the eligible people do not wish to enroll in any kind of health plan, because they do not want support from the government and they don’t want the federal government to provide any health program. Majority of the private businesses in South Carolina, consist of less than ten employees. About 53% of these small scale employers do not provide any company sponsored health insurance plans to their employees, on the account of cost issues.
This may seem to be a complicated and multifactorial issue to be resolved. Making basic amenities of health available to public can solve the problem to a great extent. Lack of proper health insurance has a huge impact on the health of the citizens because, they obtain minimum preventive care, are diagnosed with diseases at advanced stages, and after being diagnosed, tend to get less remedial care and have greater rates of mortality, compared to the insured.