George Washington University, School of Public Health and Health Services, Department of Health Policy
Geiger Gibson/RCHN Community Health Foundation Research Collaborative Policy Research Brief No. 24
Health Care Costs; Primary Care; Community Health Centers
North Carolina is known for innovative practices in primary care delivery and education, and accordingly one might expect to see greater efficiencies overall in care delivery, and less direct, measurable impact by community health centers on cost and outcome. Of interest is whether community health centers (CHCs) are cost effective providers in states with a sophisticated primary care infrastructure and focus on the needs of medically underserved communities. Building on the large body of health services research literature that has documented the quality and cost-effectiveness of federally-funded primary health centers nationwide, as well as estimates of national savings that are possible through the expanded use of health centers for medically underserved populations, we compare costs for health center users and non-CHC users in North Carolina.
Richard, P., Shin, P., Vasilkovska, K., & Rosenbaum, S. (2011). Bending the health care cost curve in North Carolina: The experience of community health centers (Geiger Gibson/RCHN Community Health Foundation Research Collaborative policy research brief no. 24). Washington, D.C.: George Washington University, School of Public Health and Health Services, Department of Health Policy.