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Report ranks PA communities among top in country for health care delivery

Written by Megan Lello and Radio Pennsylvania | Mar 25, 2012 12:24 PM

(Washington, DC) -- A new study from a health policy group gives high marks to the ways some midstate communities deliver health care. The Commonwealth Fund has rated Lancaster and Danville, Montour County in the top 25 percent of the more than 300 communities it surveyed nationwide. Cathy Schoen, co-author of the report, says the study rated the communities in a number of categories, including the accessibility of doctors. "It's important whether the care is there for you," she says. "Are there primary care physicians and are they available around the clock? So, if you call at 12 o'clock at night, is there someone there to talk to you, a nurse, a doctor, who's on your team and knows you?" Schoen says she expects more urban health centers to partner with rural hospitals to help expand care to more people. She adds the group hopes communities use the report to address gaps in their own health care delivery systems. Philadelphia ranked in the top 50 percent of communities surveyed.

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