August 7th, 2009
As increasing health care costs and a growing number of uninsured Americans puts financial pressure on both individuals and businesses, we’ll return to our ongoing look at the landscape of health care reform. As the Congress has entered their August recess without yet passing a bill to address health care, we’ll look for ways that walk-in clinics and primary health care providers can help solve the nation’s health care crisis on this week’s Business Matters.
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Take Care Health Systems is a part of Walgreens Health and Wellness division, and it includes both “Take Care Consumer Solutions”, at some Walgreens drug stores and “Take Care Employer Solutions,” which handles work-based health services. Take Care Health is expanding access to care to the medically underservered, s it attempts to provide access to high-quality, affordable and convenient health care to all individuals able to visit a Walgreens drug store. Currently, there are more than 250 Take Care Clinics around the country, each of which is managed by Take Care Health Services, while Take Care Employer Solutions manages primary care and occupational health centers at over 360 different workplaces in the United States.
Kelly Carter is the Chief Operating Officer of the Illinois Primary Health Care Association (IPHCA,) a nonprofit trade association that serves as Illinois’ sole primary care association and a member of the National Association of Community Health Centers. IPHCA represents the community health centers (CHCs) that were created by Congress in the 1960′s to provide health care to under-served communities and high-risk patients, regardless of their ability to pay.
The IPHCA is taking part in the Access for All Americans plan to raise–from 18 to 30 million–the number of Americans served by community health centers. As this plan, the IPHCA launched Access Illinois, which aims to provide a medical home to 2.1 million Illinoisans by the year 2015.
Jay Parkinson is a doctor at Hello Health, a clinic in New York City that’s using information technology to increase doctor-patient contact and provide affordable health care and medical services to more patients on a flexible schedule. For example, Hello Health uses e-mail, instant messaging and video chat to handle simple questions and follow-ups and allow patients to maintain a relationship with a team of doctors.
(This program was originally broadcast on February 20, 2009)
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