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Verde residents would use medical services

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Verde residents would use medical services

A survey of Verde Communities residents indicates that about 80 percent of them would use the services of a mid-level medical provider if it were located in the Verdes. The survey was conducted by the Rio Verde Fire District with the sponsorship of both the Rio Verde Community Association and the Tonto Verde Association. The survey was conducted via e-mail with the questionnaire sent to 1,846 residents. There were 1,029 responses, a response rate of about 56 percent. Consistent with the community demographics, 45 percent of those who responded were between the ages of 65 and 74. The next largest grouping, 75 to 84 years of age, comprised 26 percent of the respondents. The majority of those answering the survey (57 percent) were part-time residents, with 43 percent full-time residents. There were 65 percent who currently have an established healthcare provider in the Phoenix area. Most of those (53 percent) use a private physician’s group. Some 42 percent use Honor Health (formerly Scottsdale Healthcare), and 35 percent use Mayo Healthcare. About 30 percent of those answering the survey said they visit the doctor five or more times per year while they are in the Verdes.

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