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Community Health Centers have reduced mortality rates of older Americans at significantly lower cost than Medicare

Bailey, Martha and Goodman-Bacon, Andrew (2015) Community Health Centers have reduced mortality rates of older Americans at significantly lower cost than Medicare. USApp – American Politics and Policy Blog (18 Mar 2015). Blog Entry.

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Abstract

Federally-funded Community Health Centers (CHCs) today provide primary care and medication on a sliding pay scale to more than 20 million Americans. In new research, Martha Bailey and Andrew Goodman-Bacon show CHCs had large effects on health at relatively modest costs. The establishment of this program in the 1960s resulted in sharp and persistent reductions in age-adjusted mortality rates–effects concentrated among the most disadvantaged Americans. Reductions in mortality rates through this expansion cost one third to one eighth what the same mortality reduction cost through Medicare. These findings bode well for the current expansion of the CHC program under the Affordable Care Act.

Item Type: Website (Blog Entry)
Official URL: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/usappblog/
Additional Information: © 2015 The Authors, USApp – American Politics and Policy Blog, The London School of Economics and Political Science.
Subjects: J Political Science > JK Political institutions (United States)
Sets: Collections > LSE American Politics and Policy (USAPP) Blog
Date Deposited: 20 Apr 2015 13:24
Last Modified: 20 Apr 2015 13:24
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/61642

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