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A new report indicates that 11% of all Hospital stays in Connecticut between 2004 and 2008 could have been prevented. WNPR's Ray Hardman has more:

While most hospital visits are necessary and unavoidable, the report issued Monday by the Connecticut Department of Public Health's Office of Health Care Access identified almost 47,000 preventable hospital visits in 2008. The OHA estimates those stays amounted to 255,000 patient days, with a cost of around $1.2 billion.

DPH Deputy Commissioner Christine Vogel says these hospital stays could have been avoided by early intervention by a primary care provider or consistent access to health care services:

"People with diabetes should no longer need any limb amputated, because we do know how to prevent that, and what a hospitalization for leg amputation woud indicate is that that person was not either being well-maintained for their diabetes, or did not have access to the proper maintenance."

The study showed that Senior Citizens accounted for 58% of preventable hospitalizations. And while overall, preventable hospitalizations declined from 2004 to 2008, the number of Hispanic, uninsured, medicaid enrollees, and working age patients actually increased.

For WNPR , I'm Ray Hardman.