COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS AS ECONOMIC ENGINES
The healthcare reform law had forced many community healthcare centers to reevaluate the way they deliver healthcare to the patients from high poverty and low-income backgrounds. Community health care centers offer a range of primary care to many of the locations and communities that the government has designated as “medically underserved communities.”
The main idea of the community healthcare centers is to offer care to all those who do not have health insurance coverage, without taking into account their capability to pay for the services that are offered. Daniel R. Hawkins, Jr., the Senior Vice President for Public Policy and Research at the National Association of Community Health Centers had said that community health centers have been around for more than fifty years and that these centers “can save billions for tax payers.”
Community healthcare centers are pleasing to the American economy as these centers can help control the tax costs of the various hospital-based care options. The number of community health centers has been increasing with the growing number of patients who need to forgo insurance, which has increased a lot in the last decades.
According to Hawkins, health centers were “founded to be not only agents of care, but also agents of change,” and have “had an impact on the rest of the system.” These organizations have reorganized the efficiency and care delivery that have influenced a lot on the way many hospitals and other health care organizations work. In fact, community health centers contribute much to the economic livelihood of the regions and communities that they serve.
Much data is available to support the cost effectiveness and efficiency of community healthcare centers. The core of the community healthcare model is to offer prevention and a population based health strategy that offers treatment to the patient as a person within the community, offering comprehensive care and preventive services. The efforts of these centers have proven to increase and improve the health of various communities without economic impact on different communities.
The health centers and community clinics are there to achieve prevention objectives in healthcare while decreasing the costs and increasing the economic well being of the different communities across the nation. We can safely assume that these community health care centers will be able to play a vital role in offering quality health care to the various communities.