The Health Commission Report:
July 2010 Assessment
In July 2010, the Access to Care Advisory Committee released this report detailing a description of the health care facilities available to the underserved community in the Springfield-Greene County region. This report marks the first full assessment documented by The Health Care Commission regarding the current health care system, providers and citizens.
According to the report, Ozarks Community Hospital is classified as a safety-net provider, or a “provider that organizes and delivers a significant level of health care and other health-related services to uninsured, Medicaid, and other vulnerable patients,” as defined by the Institute of Medicine (IOM). As of 2009, there are four medical safety-net providers present in the Springfield-Green County region.
The following facts summarize a few key findings from the report. To download the complete report, click on the PDF below.
- In 2009, approximately 269,630 people were living in Greene County. Compared to the United States as a whole, the population growth was 12.2% versus 9.1%.
- In 2008, Greene County had 15.9% of the population living at or below poverty level. This rate exceeds the average poverty rate of 13.4% for Missouri and 12.7% for the United States.
- In 2009, the average unemployment rate was 9.5% which fell closely to the national unemployment rate of 9.4%.
- For those respondents who were employed, only 33% had an employer who offered health insurance. Most worked at jobs where no insurance was offered by the employer.
- When compared to all counties in Missouri, Green County ranks 29 out of 115 counties in terms of health outcomes and 10 out of 115 in terms of health factors.
- In 2009, there were 107,758 primary medical care visits to local safety-net clinics, an 11.4% increase from 2008.
Download the complete report here: The Health Commission July 2010 Assessment.