A former South Carolina state representative who now resides in Greenville is launching a grassroots initiative to help citizens in the area navigate the Palmetto State's evolving health-care system.
Dan Tripp, who served in the South Carolina State House from 1994-2006, has formed and is the executive director of Citizens for Community Healthcare Advances. The coalition was developed with the layman health care consumer in minds. Its goal is to give citizens suggestions on ways they can stay in control of their health care and the health care offered in their communities, even with the government's increasing involvement.
Tripp said his desire to launch the coalition was largely due to the Affordable Care Act and the changes community health care is experiencing as it a result of it.
“Those changes are not always best for patients or for the community," Tripp said. "And the current methods for delivering health care in our community are falling behind as hospitals shift their focus from in-patient treatment to community health outcomes."
The coalition will begin meeting in the near future.
“The purpose of Citizens for Community Healthcare Advances is to build a community-based coalition that promotes new and better ways to deliver efficient, affordable and improved health care,” Tripp said. “We want people to have a voice in their health care future.”
To learn more about Citizens for Community Healthcare Advances, log on to www.healthcareadvances.org.