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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -
More people are signing up for the president's health
care program, but the total
is still well below what the administration has been hoping for.
nearly 365,000 people have signed up at healthcare.org. However,
that's less than one-third the number officials had been aiming for prior to
the website going live.
about 3,600 people have signed up.
have fixed a lot of the website's glitches, but it still has service problems. Plus, the real
enrollment crunch is about to start.
want coverage on Jan. 1 have until Dec. 23 to choose a healthcare
plan from the marketplace.
new health care survey concludes that a high number of people without health
insurance is weighing down Arizona when it comes to Arizona's overall
The United Health Foundation says Arizona is 28th in the nation for healthiness.
health insurance issues, the survey also points to a high number of children in
poverty and to drug deaths.
show continuing issues in Pima County
with obesity, diabetes and heart disease.
In Pima County
local health care providers agree with some of the findings, and also say a
shortage of primary care physicians, not enough mental health professionals,
and the fact that so many Arizonans lack health care coverage all contribute to
the health situation in the community.
care providers are working to get more people signed up for health care.
They also are
now working to provide a continuum of care.
That's so all
your doctors and other providers know what all the others are doing and
It pays off in
several ways, especially by catching problems early.
"We're seeing a lower emergency room, helping you
stay out of the emergency room because we're picking it up earlier and taking
care of it. We're seeing better utilization of your medications. Now you're
taking your medications more appropriately. So we're seeing, as a result of all
that, our costs are going down and your quality is going up. Your health
outcomes are improving," says Donna Zazworksky, Carondelet Health Network
Vice President for Community Health and Continuum Care.
says another key component is the patient themselves, taking responsibility for
A person can
become the one weak link in health care if he won't advocate for himself or
"That means seeing your doctor. Having a physician
or a nurse practitioner as your primary care provider. It means building a
relationship with them--not just waiting until you're sick--but going in for
your regular exams," Zazworksky says.
workers say the patient becomes an important part of the continuum of care,
part of the health care team.