Interesting that the community paramedic concept has made it into the presidential campaign discussions… J
Pete releases white paper on rural health care
South Bend Tribune Report
Aug 9, 2019
Presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg on Friday called for efforts to increase affordable health care options for people living in rural communities.
In a statement of his rural health care plan released Friday, Buttigieg would strengthen the Affordable Care Act and implement Medicare for all who would want such coverage. He also promised to work to increase subsidies for low-income Americans and expand those for middle class consumers.
Access to rural health care and availability of medical professionals would be bolstered by his plan to increase incentives for loan forgiveness programs for health professionals. Plans call for offering incentives for doctors to settle in rural areas, and increasing community paramedic programs.
Rural hospital closures also are having an impact on delivery and availability of health services. Buttigieg proposes using incentives, technology and designations to help keep these facilities open with the type of staffs to serve rural communities.
He also offered ways to improve health outcomes for veterans and tribal communities with a series of programming and personnel improvements and proposals.