GJ Healthcare|February 21, 2010 5:00 AM

Grand Junction health care: Low-cost, high-quality

In a five-part series, Colorado Public News examines how Grand Junction, Colo. has emerged as a model of low-cost, high-quality, near-universal healthcare.

♦ Part 1 details how health care professionals have built a system with an emphasis on primary care and prevention. Accompanying the stories are charts ranking more than 300 cities for cost and quality, and another chart detailing the differences in spending at the end of life in high- and low-cost cities.

♦ Part 2 highlights two key factors in the system, including hospice care and a clinic for the uninsured.

♦ Part 3 features a video on Grand Junction’s healthcare system, and a bullet-point breakdown of the how the system is unusual. At 8 p.m. on Wednesday evening, KBDI Channel 12 in Denver will broadcast Studio 12, a discussion and live call-in program, focused on the Grand Junction healthcare system.

♦ Part 4 explains how a simpler approach to healthcare can keep costs low in caring for back pain. A chart shows the dramatic difference in chronic disease in low-cost Grand Junction and high-cost McAllen, Tex. Also, the Studio 12 broadcast will be posted.

♦ Part 5 explores whether the Grand Junction model can be replicated in other communities, and details where it finds savings.

View all published parts here.

Bill Scanlon wrote this story while participating in The California Endowment Health Journalism Fellowships, a program of USC’s Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism. CPN is grateful for the support of the fellowship, and readers like you.

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