PORT CHARLOTTE, Fl. - Dental appointments are a sight patients won't see much longer at the Florida Department of Health in Charlotte County. In a few months, dental and primary care services will no longer be offered here.
"They got asthma so they have to keep a close watch on it," says Shawn Rogers.
He's a father of three and says his kids are here for check-ups about once a month. And since the clinic accepts medicaid...
"The kids, they're covered 100 percent!"
Director Doctor Henry Kurban says the change is both a strategic and a financial move. About 12 thousand patients who rely on these services can get the same care at clinics like Family Health Centers of Southwest Florida.
"It didn't make any sense for us to duplicate services and allow those that provide cost effective and quality care to do so," he says.
Kurban says this shift will allow them to focus on prevention and wellness programs.
"We can more effectively use our scarce resources to improve health in this community... About 50 percent of your health is determined by your health behaviors whereas the provision of clinical care or medical care or access to care contributes to about 10 to 20 percent," he adds.
"They're concentrating on our other problems we need to take care of then I do think that's a pretty good idea," Rogers adds.