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October 9, 2014 at 5:56 AM

A much-needed boost for primary-care facilities in Washington

In response to the article “$7.5 million to boost care at low-income, minority health clinics in Wash.” [Local News, Sept. 12], I am happy to hear that more funding has been directed toward primary-care efforts and to access to care in rural and underserved communities.

Dr. Roger Rosenblatt, a professor interviewed in this article, stated that primary care is the foundation of our health system, and I completely agree. As a graduate nursing student, I am learning about the structure of our health-care system and how areas like primary and preventative care are underfunded. On the other side, expensive procedures like cardiac catheterizations are more profitable, widespread and attractive to physicians because of the money they receive.

If we could implement a strong foundation of nurses, physicians and allied professionals in the primary-care sector, as well as funds, we would be able to better manage and prevent conditions that lead to these expensive hospitalizations, procedures and decreased quality of life for so many. The government grants that will go to the community health centers in Washington are just the beginning of what could be a huge push for the primary-care sector in our state.

Pamela Heron, San Diego, Calif.

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