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Ohio Health Centers: A One-Stop Shop for Care

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - National Health Center Week begins Sunday with open houses, community walks and panel discussions around the state to raise awareness about the 36 community health centers in Ohio and the preventative services they provide. Health centers are often referred to as "family doctors." They've been around for more than 45 years, but now they are set to expand their quality and cost-effective care to more communities, thanks to the federal health reform law.

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown says it means more people will have access to health services - all under one roof - with more choices and a regular place they can go for care.

"Doctors and nurses and providers at these centers, working with very limited resources, are able to provide the kind of high-quality care that everyone in our country should get."

Community health centers accept patients regardless of insurance status or ability to pay. More than $1 billion is going to centers nationwide this fall so they can expand facilities and staff to help meet primary care needs, as more people enter the health system under federal reform.

Community health centers are not only going to be key in health reform for their services, but because the model saves money. Preventive care is expected to save the U.S. health care system up to $300 million over the next ten years, Brown explains.

"It saves money for the health care system because these people don't end up in the emergency room with a well-developed illness, instead of something that can be caught much earlier."

Community Health Centers in Ohio provided care to over 415,000 patients in 2008.

The theme for National Health Center Week is "Celebrating America's Health Centers: Turning the Vision into Reality." More information on events in Ohio can be found at www.ohiochc.org.




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