By Amy Simmons Farber
Public and political debate continue to percolate over fiscal restraint and spending — but our point has been always that great ideas and innovation can actually save money. A case in point are Community Health Centers, which save money by providing preventive care and helping people avoid unnecessary trips to the hospital. New York State’s top health official touted the model during a recent visit to a new health center in The Bronx, El Nuevo San Juan, which is run by Urban Health Plan. Dr. Nirav Shah told a local reporter with NY1 (full article here) that, “We spent over $1.4 billion last year alone on hospitalizations that could have been avoided if someone was looking out for the patient.”
New York isn’t the only place where leaders are counting on the health center model to save costs. In Boston, Whittier Street Health Center recently unveiled the “Vibrant Communities in Boston Public Housing” that will target residents in five Boston public housing developments and help fight hypertension and depression (full article).
Access to preventive care is also an advantage in Southwest Ohio, where HealthSource of Ohio recently broke ground on a high-tech facility that provides medical, dental and mental health services in the town of New Richmond– as well as create jobs in the local economy (read full article).
Stay tuned for more stories about saving dollars in health care.