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Newsfront - July 17, 2009

Health providers seeking partnerships

In an attempt to deal with the constantly shrinking budget for public health services and to provide assistance for those who've lost health care coverage as a result of job loss, leaders of five local health systems are calling for joint action to prop up health care services in Contra Costa County.

A briefing paper issued by a group of doctors in Contra Costa County highlights the impact of the economy on the ability of residents of East Contra Costa to receive health care. It describes the capacity of the existing safety net to serve these residents and offers alternatives for public and private policy makers, health care providers and community leaders to strengthen that safety net.

The doctors suggest a coordinated approach to helping the newly uninsured enroll in health coverage and finding ways to address chronic health issues to reduce the burden on the primary care network.