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For two years, Alameda County officials and public health providers traveled to Cuba to study nationalized health care - a system that spends relatively little, but emphasizes primary and preventative care, and enjoys low infant mortality, long life expectancies and other strong health measures.

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Patients without insurance often only go to the doctor when they’re sick, and they readily choose the easiest, nearest option — the local emergency room. A big part of health care reform is to encourage patients to get preventive care with a primary-care physician.

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The number of school-based health centers has been growing in California for more than a decade, and the Affordable Care Act has boosted their funding. Some students served by these clinics also enthusiastically support them.

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Over the weekend, I took a long look at what the health-reform law does to address a looming shortage of primary care doctors. And the short answer is: Not much.

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Journalism students report on military health, dying from air pollution, and healthy workaholics, plus more from our Daily Briefing.

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Journalist Sarah Kliff looks at the monumental task of bringing enough primary care doctors online by 2015 — a key factor in health reform's success.

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Sprout woes, primary care boosts, skin lightener dangers and more from our Daily Briefing.

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New community health laws proposed in California, noisy health care is bad for patients, no fast-track Supreme Court decision on health reform, plus more from our Daily Briefing.

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One of the biggest problems with public health care is knowing where to turn in order to gain reliable information that will lead to reasonable options for care. It's difficult to learn how to receive the proper services. Hollywood accurately portrays the masses sitting in the waiting room wa

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The “medical home” is one of those elements of health reform that seems like a classic DBI story: dull but important. It doesn't have to be.

In this post, I’ll talk about what medical homes are, why is everyone talking about them in the context of health reform and how can you cover this topic in your community in a compelling way.

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