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Financing medical care for the underserved in an era of Federal retrenchment: the health service district.

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    1987 Nov-Dec

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    Public Health Rep. 102(6):686-691
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    Public Health Rep
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    Federal funding programs have, since the 1960s, been available in a variety of forms to deal with problems of access to medical care for the medically underserved. Certain programs, such as the National Health Service Corps, have recently pulled back from their points of maximal impact in terms of numbers of obligated physicians in the field. This change leaves a need for greater contributions by State and local entities in the face of Federal retrenchment. The health service district (HSD) is one such mechanism for filling the gap. It has been available under this name in Arizona law since 1977, but the first such district in the State in only now under development in a small copper mining community. Similar to school districts in concept, the HSDs allow residents in their catchment areas to tax themselves for the purpose of delivering primary health care. Two successful HSDs--or similar entities--in other States are described. One program is in Stickney, IL, and other in Condon, OR. The political success and financial viability of the Condon program are documented.
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