Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

August 5, 2013

The pros of community health centers

Bluefield Daily Telegraph

— There are a lot of headlines about what’s going wrong with health care and how people are confused by all the changes that are happening with Obamacare. My hope is that newspapers can devote some ink to educating people about how it all affects them.

For instance, few might be aware that there are now more options for affordable primary health care for working families at community health centers. Now more people — whether they have insurance or not — can go to a health care center where all their preventive health needs are met.

The cost of care at a health center is affordable, but the quality is as good as anyone finds in private practices — and studies prove it. You can get treated with dignity and respect by a team of caring professionals focused on preventing costly illness and disease before they happen. That means better health, fewer hospital ER visits, and consumers, taxpayers, and governments save money.

Heath centers are helping to transform health care delivery through primary care and prevention, one patient at a time. Health centers are rooted in local communities, yet they depend on support at the state and federal level to thrive. Support your local health center — even better, go visit one during National Health Center Week — Aug. 11-17 — and see for yourself why they are a good prescription for our nation’s health.

Linda Hutchens, CEO

Bluefield Health Association Inc.