A study published in the January-March Issue of The Journal of Ambulatory Care Management finds that patients who receive a majority of their ambulatory care at Community Health Centers have significantly lower health care costs than other patients. The study by the Geiger Gibson/RCHN Community Health Foundation Research Collaborative assessed the potential cost savings associated with health centers based on econometric analyses of the 2006 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey.
Highlights of the study’s findings include:
“CHCs can provide good-quality primary care that low-income patients in medically underserved areas might not otherwise obtain, helping to reduce the demand for subsequent specialty and emergency and inpatient medical care. Not only does this demonstrate the utility of CHCs, but it also provides further support of the utility of improved primary care as a cost-saving approach to health care delivery.”
An abstract of the report can be found by visiting this link (the full text must be purchased). You can also read more studies about the cost-effectiveness of health centers by visiting this link on the NACHC research page.
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