Sunday, November 15, 2009

Senators Webb, Warner speak on Health Care Reform

About 23,000 of Virginia's uninsured are getting continuous medical care through a program run out of Virginia Commonwealth University's Health System.

It's designed to fill a gap in which uninsured people who lack continuous care often rely on emergency rooms for treatment.
The program is an example of the right kind of health-care reform as it relates to service delivery, cost and compensation, says Sen. Mark R. Warner, D-Va., who recently took to the Senate floor to tout the program.

"Between 2000 and 2005 emergency-room visits dropped 14 percent by having this kind of continuity of care," he said. "As well, thesepatients didn't show up at other emergency rooms, they were treated earlier in the prognosis of their illness," he said.

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