Survey Says Low-Income Californians Want More Say in Health Care

Nearly six in ten low-income Californians say they would be interested in switching health care providers if they had a choice, according to a new, independent survey of poor and near-poor state residents. And if the federal health reform passed last year is implemented as planned, many of those Californians will get that choice. That new freedom could reshape the health care landscape in ways large and small. One thing it would do is force community clinics and health centers to be more responsive to patient needs, since many of those patients would have the ability to go elsewhere with federal subsidies and a state health insurance exchange open for business. The survey was sponsored by the Blue Shield of California Foundation, which has worked with clinics and health centers to improve their operations and their reputations.

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