Providence Alaska plans senior clinic

Posted: Sunday, June 06, 2010

ANCHORAGE - Providence Alaska Medical Center plans to open a clinic for senior citizens to help improve care for Medicare patients in Anchorage.

Providence officials say the clinic will target people older than 55, including Medicare patients who face a shortage of primary-care doctors willing to take them on.

Local doctors say Medicare, the federal insurance for those 65 and older, doesn't pay them enough to cover costs.

Dr. Tom Hunt, executive director of physician services at Providence, says more local primary-care doctors are declining to participate in Medicare just as the baby-boom generation is about to reach Medicare age.

The clinic is expected to open early next year in an existing building, and will get a subsidy of several hundred thousand dollars per year from Providence.

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