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Survey to gauge Medical Service needs for Verdes

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Survey to gauge Medical Service needs for Verdes


Next week Rio Verde and Tonto Verde residents will be receiving a survey asking them questions about medical care and services. The survey is being sent by the Rio Verde Fire District to receive input regarding the potential for mid-level healthcare services for the Verde Communities. These services might include physical exams, diagnosis and treatment of illness, lab work and prescriptions. Offering these types of services will require an active partnership between Rio Verde and Tonto Verde and a healthcare provider. There are no plans to increase fees or raise taxes to provide the services. Funding would be covered through insurance plans such as Medicare, Medicaid, private providers and self-paid plans. The survey is designed to help planners in the communities to determine the need for such services. The survey is being distributed on Monday, Jan. 19, to all residents in the Verdes via email. Paper copies will also be available at the Rio Verde Fire District station. The Fire District office will be handling questions regarding the survey at 471-2304. The survey is brief, 10 questions, and general in nature. The input received from the survey will also be used by the communities in planning for future community needs and amenities. George Katterman is a member of the Rio Verde Fire District Board and serves on the RVCA long range planning committee. Katterman said they are looking at potential uses for vacant properties in Rio Verde where the bank/real estate office once stood (now planted as a wild flower garden) and/or the site of the former Village Green (about to be demolished). “To some extent this comes from the federal (Affordable Care Act), which restricts the number of times a patient can be taken to the hospital,” Katterman said. “We want to see whether there is any real interest here. “We have found that some hospitals are putting a nurse practitioner or physician’s assistant in community centers.” Both Rio Verde and Tonto Verde are finding they have a need for more space for fitness and wellness amenities, particularly during the winter season, according to Katterman. “We have toured facilities in other communities and find there are medical service providers in these facilities,” he said. “With the survey we are just trying to gauge support to see if it is practical. “A lot of the people who are here for just part of the year may not have a physician here. We are just trying to sort through and see what, if anything, we might do to provide for our residents.” Those involved in the process emphasize the survey is one small piece of the information needed to make decisions about the future for the Verde Communities. This is a long-range plan with no imminent decisions.

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