Emergency Management, Healthcare and Public Health

Local Emergency Medical Clinics in Underserved Areas

Consider establishing a program with input from the Federal Department of Health and Human Services, State and local governments to establish emergency clinics in underserved area based on response time to existing trauma centers or emergency clinics. Staffing could be coordinated with teaching hospitals, medical schools and other health care worker training programs. Veteran's Administration might also be a source for staffing, including employment opportunities for medically trained personnel exiting the armed forces.


This type of clinic format is not likely to be self sufficient and would rely on local, state and federal government funding. The benefits in public health and emergency response capability might not justify the cost. If clinics also provide routine and preventative medical care, a part of the cost would be bourne by health insurance and copays.



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Idea No. 1512