Federally qualified community health centers are on track to see more than 20 million patients this year, an increase of more than 2 million from last year, according to survey data. Some centers have wait lists and long lines as the newly unemployed and uninsured join the traditional ranks of low-income patients seeking care.
The second wave of H1N1 flu is moving across the U.S., hitting schools, hospitals, provider offices and clinics, according to CDC and other health officials. CDC data show at least 26 states report widespread flu activity, but so far, most cases are mild and the health care system is handling the load.
Five-year breast cancer survival rates are very similar for black and white women of similar socioeconomic status, according to results of a study of low-income women in Louisiana. Researchers said they were surprised because data showed biological differences between the two groups, including age, tumor grade and hormone receptor status, that favored better outcomes for white women.
The government next month will implement a system to monitor people who receive the H1N1 flu vaccine to pinpoint potential adverse effects. The initiative will involve connecting insurance databases to check whether people visit a provider weeks after getting the vaccine, as well as sending direct e-mails to vaccine recipients to see how they are doing. The CDC also plans to distribute take-home cards that contain advice on how to report possible side effects.