As baby boomers grow older and the number of primary care physicians declines, more people are finding it difficult to find quality healthcare, especially in rural areas and inner cities.
Health experts are looking at a system that services these types of communities all within their own neighborhood.
Here's Susan Hendricks with today's Health Minute.
It's a Tuesday morning and the waiting room is packed at the UniveristyCare Center in west Baltimore. This office is one of three patient centered medical homes, set up by the University of Maryland school of medicine to provide state of the art care to inner city and rural communities where doctors are scarce and good health facilities usually nonexistent.
"We provide that personalized care, we try to coordinate as much of their care here right in the community."
The home, which is 15 years ago, has become so successful, it's being promoted as the gold standard for future u-s healthcare. They feature high tech equipment, maternity clinics and an electronic records system. Most patients have insurance, or are on medicare or medicaid.
"We take care of acute, chronic and preventative care."
The practice has more than 10-thousand patients. Annette Randolph first came to the clinic ten years ago, because of her blood pressure, but kept coming back, because she trusted the doctors.
"Not only can I sit down and talk medically, but I can talk to him about some of my other problems."
A Maryland pilot program based on these homes will be launched next year, in hopes that other medical institutions across the state will follow the university's lead and build patient centered homes in other communities.
For Today's Health Minute, I'm Susan Hendricks.
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