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Speaker: Health care literacy by public a chief concern

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Posted: Saturday, October 5, 2013 11:13 am | Updated: 9:42 am, Fri Jun 6, 2014.

Assistant to Attorney General Rear Admiral Nadine Simmons spoke to Arizona State University students, faculty and staff Sept. 26 on the future of health care and the Affordable Care Act.

Simmons focused her speech mainly on how the current model for health care is inefficient due to its reactionary nature. Simmons used various graphs and diagrams to convey that our current “crisis care” model couldn’t work.

The crisis care model is referring to how patients receive care only after they have needed emergency care. Crisis care is defined by lack of preventative and follow-up care. The problem is compounded by a low rate of health care literacy among the public.

Health care literacy became a significant problem on Oct. 1 when the Affordable Care Act took effect and many uninsured Americans had to begin the process of purchasing coverage.

Simmons called for the help of the current and future health care professionals in the room to help keep people in the health care system. She urged these, “trusted sources,” to increase the level of communication with patients and to better health care through preventative measures.

Simmons is focusing on turning “our sick care system — I wouldn’t even call it a system — to a full health care system focused on prevention.”

Simmons took some questions from the audience. A question was asked about the availability of primary care providers.

“There has been a lot of efforts to expand the incentives for primary care providers and emphasis on primary care physicians,” Simmons answered.

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