Transportation as a Foundation for Better Healthcare

This article describes how community transportation systems have a key role to play in health services. They do this by bringing patients to primary care physicians in order to reduce unnecessary hospitalizations and unnecessary emergency department usage, provide counseling regarding high-risk destructive behaviors, and engage in preventive practices, treatments and screening. They also provide access to prompt care to avoid minor situations getting worse, and they provide highly cost-effective services, reserving emergency services for emergency situations. The article also describes how the Medicare program could achieve an annual cost savings of $300 to $400 million by eliminating the program’s insistence on ambulance transportation to emergency facilities. But even larger opportunities for cost savings are available to governments and insurance providers: by offering transportation services as part of a comprehensive health care package, annual medical care savings for the United States could exceed $25 billion. Policymakers need to be encouraged in order to begin the transportation system investments that will benefit persons needing medical services and the nation as a whole.

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Illustrations; Photos;
  • Pagination: pp 14-20
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01000699
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 3 2005 11:05AM