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State Health Improvement Plan Priorities - Access

While access to high-quality health care is recognized as a significant step toward improving health status, as many as 1.5 million Ohioans, including 125,000 children, are uninsured, and an estimated 1.3 million Ohioans live in areas without adequate access to primary care services. Evidence shows that a relationship with a primary care provider can often prevent disease, improve disease outcomes and reduce health care system use and overall cost; this relationship is strongest through the patient-centered medical home. Strategies to ensure all Ohioans are connected to a patient-centered medical home include helping providers transition their practice so that their services are based on value rather than volume, training tomorrow’s health care providers to practice patient-centered care, engaging consumers as partners in their health care and strengthening the safety net to ensure everyone has access to health services regardless of income, race or geographic location. Patient-centered medical homes are the center of the medical neighborhood, valuing the partnership between patients and providers and focusing on health and prevention.



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