ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Lawmakers and healthcare advocates celebrated two major projects Friday that they say will help Medicare and low-income families throughout the state.
In South Anchorage, the Alaska Medicare Clinic is now accepting new patients. It's a non-profit primary care doctor's office designed for Medicare patients.
Creators of the program say they'll be able to stay in the black by being more efficient.
"By specializing in a certain kinds of individuals with certain kinds of medical problems with certain kind of insurance like Medicare," said Dr. George Rhyneer, "we can develop efficiencies of the way we do things, the way we treat the patients, the way we evaluate the patient the way the doctor and nurses interact with the patient so it can be done more efficiently."
The facility was built with the help of about a million dollars from the state.
The goal is to see about 50 patients a day.