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Report: VA Community Health Centers Part of Health Crisis "Cure"

August 7, 2007

There's a "primary care payoff" for Virginia and other states - according to a new study from the National Association of Community Health Centers that shows community health centers provide care for people from all economic backgrounds and insurance levels, and they do it for far less than the costs for patient care seen elsewhere. Virginia has over 80 community health centers, and Rick Shinn with the Virginia Community Healthcare Association says they'd like to open more.

"So we can serve more of the persons who are currently un-served, or have to travel 40 or 50 miles just to see a physician."

The report shows the Community Health Center model might be one way to make health care dollars stretch further: health center patient expenses are 41 percent lower compared to other channels of care. Shinn feels Virginia will need some state investment to cover capital costs to open new centers. Most health center operating costs come from federal sources.

Shinn believes that having all kinds of care in one place is one reason health care centers get the job done for less.

"We're looking at physicians, dental care, pharmaceutical needs - we cover the continuum for all persons in our community."

Shinn hopes the next Community Health Center will open in Craig County which currently doesn't even have one local doctor.

The report is at

Deborah Smith/Chris Thomas, Public News Service - VA