Health Clinics Have a Positive Impact
A new Commonwealth Fund report finds that a post–Hurricane Katrina primary care pilot program in New Orleans could serve as a national model for providing health services to vulnerable populations.
Based on findings from a survey of patients at 27 New Orleans health clinics, Coming Out of Crisis: Patient Experiences in Primary Care in New Orleans, Four Years Post-Katrina shows that, despite being disproportionately low-income and uninsured, clinic patients had fewer problems affording care and fewer instances of medical debt and inefficient care than most U.S. adults. In fact, only 27 percent of those surveyed went without needed health care because of the cost, compared with 41 percent of adults across the country.
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