A growing number of health experts are drawing a line between this gross unpreparedness and the United States' for-profit healthcare system, under which there is minimal oversight and no uniformity between healthcare providers.
Combine this national problem with the state-wide healthcare system in Texas and you have a full blown disaster in the making;
The 2011 State Snapshots report ranked states on a 100-point system based upon measurements of 155 different key indicators of health care quality, and Texas scored the lowest with just 31.61 points.
The report, produced by an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, compiled data from the National Healthcare Quality & Disparities Reports, which track a wide range of health care indicators like cancer rates, elderly care, early childhood care, infant mortality, disease prevention and deaths.
More than 6.3 million Texans, which includes 1.2 million children, do not have health insurance, according to the Texas Medical Association — a fact that undoubtedly led to the state coming in last place overall, thanks to the financial drag uninsured people place on hospitals.