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Can Healthcare Deserts Be Transformed Into Oases?

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Providing first-rate healthcare to underserved rural and urban communities is one of the great unmet challenges of recent decades. These low-income neighborhoods have been left behind and feel the pain of healthcare shortages most acutely.

The root of this problem is a misaligned system of incentives. Healthcare providers have had little financial motivation to offer primary care in neighborhoods with large numbers of uninsured people and those covered through Medicare and Medicaid. Without reliable access to routine primary care, patients living in these communities are also more likely to have untreated complex and chronic conditions.

The heart of this flawed set of incentives is the fee-for-service model of healthcare, which rewards physicians for providing large numbers of highly reimbursed medical services. This encourages a lot of short visits lasting 15 minutes or less where providers and patients are unable to build meaningful relationships, let alone the trust that keeps people healthy.

What’s needed is a system that rewards positive health outcomes rather than the number of services rendered. These superior models compel providers to make the extra financial investments needed to help chronically ill patients manage their diseases and help healthy patients stay that way.

Government officials have been placing greater emphasis lately […]

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