By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Editor
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama has been vague about details of his healthcare reform efforts, but he provided a hint on Monday of one direction he could take — community health centers.
As he announced the nominations of his two top health executives, Obama highlighted the allocation of $155 million to 126 community health centers as part of the $787 billion economic stimulus package.
“These health centers will expand access to care by helping people in need — many with no health insurance — obtain access to comprehensive primary and preventive health care services,” Obama told a news conference.
Community health centers should provide an effective and economical alternative to hospital care, and especially emergency room care as a primary health care model. Used properly, our focus can be on preventative and health care maintenance rather than urgent an emergency care, thus theoretically reducing the burden and cost of urgent and emergency care services.