Lt. Governor Address lack of healthcare in rural Georgia

TIFTON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) -Solving the lack of healthcare in rural Georgia topped Monday’s agenda of the state’s healthcare reform task force.

The Georgia Health Care Reform Task Force led by Lt. Governor Casey Cagle discussed solutions to help rural residents afford healthcare.

“What we want to do fundamentally is create some real innovation around the delivery system. We want to be able to allow people to have more affordable healthcare,” Cagle said.

The goal of the task force is to change the current healthcare system.

William Richardson, the President & CEO of Tift Regional Medical Center, said he wants the system to change.

“We cannot maintain the program as it’s been for years. We have to transform the delivery and the financing of healthcare in ways that are going to allow it to be sustainable for the future,” Richardson said.

“It’s going to require all of us coming together in communities to determine what their needs are and trying to be proactive in getting to the individual early on to avoid the high cost environment of emergency rooms and things of this nature,” Cagle said.

Tift Regional created it’s health reform in 2010 by learning more about it’s community and making some changes. They added Telehealth, new centers, and a Patient Center Medical Home to help it’s residents.

Cagle said these new additions are what rural residents need.

“It’s not a one size fits all and their not a silver bullet. We have to be committed to really helping rural Georgia meet the needs that they have to give patients a quality healthcare base system obviously at price that they can afford.”

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