Collaborating to Solve the Rural Health Care Crisis In Texas

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX) and Texas A&M University Health Science Center (TAMHSC) recently announced a new project to support collaborative care and healthy communities. The project will help identify and implement solutions to health care challenges facing rural and underserved communities in Texas. BCBSTX's commitment of $10 million to TAMHSC is part of the company's Affordability Cures endeavor aimed at accelerating efforts to reduce healthcare costs and improve outcomes, including by addressing health disparities and social determinants of health.

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CARRIE: In Texas, 172 counties are designated as rural with a total population of 3.1 million individuals.  185 of our Texas counties have no psychiatrists.  147 counties have no obstetrician and 35 counties have no physician at all.

DAN: As someone who grew up in a small town, I really understand the challenges that people face in these small communities.  We need to find innovative solutions and we need to incubate them so that we can disseminate them throughout our entire state.

NANCY:How do we begin to get communities to understand that changing the way and maybe the place they get their health care will get them better care, probably a less expensive price tag and better outcomes in the long run.

DAN: It is exciting to be here for this particular announcement today and...We're here today to celebrate this collaboration with a $10 million investment with the Texas A&M Health Science Center to help solve disparities in rural health care.

SHARA: Their Health Science Center has long had a rural study institute and so they're uniquely qualified to help us solve this problem in Texas and also serve as a model for other states to follow.

STEVEN: This initiative is going to give us the opportunity to work at the community level to make certain that we begin to change the fabric of health care in those communities that have become unsustainable on part of their culture.

DAN: This type of investment and this collaboration is what's going to solve those problems.


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