Primary health care is the key to healthy communities. Unfortunately there are many people in any community that “slip under the radar.” Through the work of the medical community including doctors, nurses and primary care clinicians they not only provide the care, they ensure that those they treat don’t fall through the cracks of a complex and confusing system. It is extremely important to work toward the concept of Florida healthy communities across the state. These important contributors to this goal are often the first point of contact that those with previously undiagnosed medical issues make.
The importance of primary health care to Florida healthy communities
There is really no magic, primary care and those that provide it ensure that people get the proper care when they need it. It is important for patients to receive care in the proper setting and in a manner which is compatible with that which the patient wants and in accordance with his or her values. One study after other shows that that in areas where there is a well defined primary care program that the cost is lower and the quality of health care is higher.
The aim of health care for Florida healthy communities is five fold. They include providing better health care, improving and enhancing the patient experience, driving down the exorbitant cost of primary health care to the community and improving the working conditions of the clinicians and staff that dedicate their time and talents to a healthy community.
It is not easy being a provider of primary care services, the number of clinics continues to shrink and fewer people are electing to take on the challenges. Fortunately, there are individuals and organizations that are willing and able to step into the void, helping to overcome these challenges.
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