Senior Vice President for Policy and Research at the National Association of Community Health Centers
Dan Hawkins, senior vice president for policy and research at the National Association of Community Health Centers, believes that when community health centers provide effective and coordinated primary care everybody wins:
"For all of those reasons health centers are good partners to other healthcare providers in their communities. They can help them better organize care and control costs and improve health outcomes," Hawkins says.
Hawkins says the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will extend healthcare coverage to millions of people. However, he says that the PPACA by itself will not address the challenges that tens of millions of people in this country have when they attempt to access healthcare. A report released this week by NACHC estimates that 62 million people nationwide have no access to primary care because of a shortage of such physicians.
Some basic stats on those affected: