Monitoring local safety-net providers: do they have adequate capacity?

Suzanne Felt-Lisk*, Megan McHugh, Embry Howell

*Corresponding author for this work

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The safety-net providers that serve the nation's thirty-nine million uninsured residents are vulnerable organizations even in good economic times, yet efforts to monitor their capacity have been limited at best. This study of the safety-net in five cities found that capacity was strained for specialty services and that access to pharmaceuticals was difficult, while primary care capacity was more often adequate to serve those who presented themselves for care. Also, free clinics grew during the 1990s, while many other safety-net providers focused on improving their efficiency and collecting more fees from patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)277-283
Number of pages7
JournalHealth affairs (Project Hope)
Issue number5
StatePublished - 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy


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