Cost savings associated with the use of community health centers

Patrick Richard, Leighton Ku*, Avi Dor, Ellen Tan, Peter Shin, Sara Rosenbaum

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This study assesses the potential cost savings associated with the use of community health centers, based on econometric analyses of the 2006 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey. After controlling for health status, health insurance coverage, income, age, and other factors, this study finds that patients who receive a majority of their ambulatory care at community health centers have significantly lower annual overall medical expenditures (24%) and ambulatory expenditures (25%) than those who do not. These results are consistent with other studies indicating that, by providing good quality primary care, community health centers can reduce the utilization of other medical services.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)50-59
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Ambulatory Care Management
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Medical Expenditures Panel Survey
  • ambulatory care
  • community health centers
  • cost savings
  • cost-benefit analysis


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