(Fort Collins, CO) - As part of Safety Net Clinic Week, George Leing toured the Community Safety Net Clinic at Fort Collins Family Medicine Center to gain insight into the challenges that still remain in the U.S. healthcare industry.
Leing said, “I believe that the Community Safety Net Clinic at Fort Collins Family Medicine Center is picking up a lot of the slack in providing top-level healthcare in Colorado. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) started with some noble goals, but it has not achieved its objectives, including that of reducing costs. When the employer mandate hits next year, even more people will find themselves in a confusing insurance system that is costly and does not cover all of the care previous insurance plans covered.
“It is critical that we focus on finding solutions that decrease the underlying costs of medicine, make medical options transparent so that everyday Americans know their options, and prevent the coming shortage of primary care physicians and doctors that is going to happen as the 'baby-boomers' retire. We do not hear Washington talk about this right now. I will work to address these issues.”
The Community Safety Net Clinic does not turn away patients for any reason. Supported by the Poudre Valley Hospital and a variety of volunteers, churches, and other civic-minded donors, it provides outpatient care, counseling and interpreters for patients, guiding them through Medicaid and Medicare where applicable.