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In The Northeast Kingdom, A Tepid Response To Proposed All-Payer Model

The Green Mountain Care Board is touring the state explaining to Vermonters the proposed all-payer model of health care.

The all-payer model is Gov. Peter Shumlin's proposed planto move away from a fee-for-service payment system. Health care providers would be paid based on how healthy their patients are instead of how many patients they see.

Thursday morning, the board held a meeting in Newport scheduled to try and address specific health care needs in the Northeast Kingdom.

Peter Lyman is a resident of Irasburg. He thinks the Northeast Kingdom mainly needs more primary care providers.

“I don't see how this idea actually leads to everybody having a primary care physician” he said after the meeting. “Up here in the Northeast Kingdom you're going to have to essentially double the number of primary care physicians.”

The overall consensus of locals at the meeting was that more information about the proposed plan is needed.  And the community is not in a rush to implement it. 

Rebecca Sananes was VPR's Upper Valley Reporter. Before joining the VPR Newsroom, she was the Graduate Fellow at WBUR and a researcher on a Frontline documentary.
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