Little town in Rhode Island creates own health care system
Submitted by Howard Owens on October 27, 2009 - 12:24pm
In the little town of Scituate, Rhode Island, everyone has primary health coverage -- even the people who can't afford health insurance.
No, Scituate hasn't become an experiment in some single-payer scheme. People in the town banded together and figured out how to make it happen.
The people of Scituate, Rhode Island did it themselves.
No, we don’t give away health insurance – that’s too darn expensive. Instead, we make sure everyone who lives here has primary care (which only costs $25 a month). By coupling together grants, and a little money from the town, and doing bake sales and walk-a-thons, something called the Scituate Health Alliance decided, 10 years ago that we could fix the health care system ourselves – or, more accurately, build one from scratch — by providing primary care medical for everyone in town who doesn’t have insurance. (We also do flu shots for anyone in town who wants one and organize prenatal classes for anyone who is pregnant.)
While the effort isn't without taxpayer support (read, grants and money from the town), it does show how a community can come together to provide a service.