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California Bill Seeks to Encourage Doctors to Work in Teams

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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, April 15, 2013

The bill seeks to define what's called a "patient-centered medical home." 

Supporters say moving health care toward that model would change the focus to prevention and cost-efficiency, rather than treatment of illness in a fragmented way.

Callie Langton is with California Academy of Family Physicians or CAFP. 

LANGTON: "As we all know our system can be fairly inefficient and CAFP has long advocated for the patient-centered medical home or team-based care as a solution to that which basically allows everyone to work to the top of their licenser together and insure patients aren't getting tests done twice...and people will get better care."

Supporters says 'medical homes' will help deal with the rising rate of chronic disease, and a growing shortage of family doctors. 

But The California Right to Life Committee is could threaten the privacy of health data, and make abortion and contraception more available to minors. 

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