Faced with an ever-growing bothell shortage of health care providers, the city is moving to expand the health care workforce.
This comes as city leaders consider whether to offer an expansion to its citywide health care system, or whether to continue to offer private care to low-income residents in the region.
The proposed expansion of Bothell Health Care is the result of a long-term collaboration between City Manager Brian Epps and health care advocates who worked with the city to create a plan that would increase the number of certified health care workers by 20 percent.
Epps and Health Care Advocacy Services, the non-profit that developed the plan, announced the plan Monday at a press conference at the Bothell City Hall.
The expansion would expand the citywide staff to 50 percent of the current workforce, and provide access to a more comprehensive health care network to help those who can’t afford private care.
The new plan also would allow more doctors and nurses to work in the city.
The city’s current health care plan is designed to help people with serious conditions who are unable to access other health care in the area.
Bothell residents are the largest single population group living in the Botnelles health care area, according to the city’s 2017 data.
But the city needs to expand its health care to the greater region to keep pace with demand, said Amy Dominguez, the City Manager of Botnells Health.
The expansion of health services in Bothell will not result in a huge influx of new patients, as many have already been drawn into the local health care community.
But it would bring the number to around 30 percent of Botsels population.
The plan calls for the creation of a pilot project to evaluate the feasibility of expanding the health system to cover more residents.
The city hopes to open up more space for new health care services in the coming years.
A growing number of residents are unable or unwilling to afford private health care because of their medical conditions.
Many people are forced to rely on government programs like Medicaid or Medicare to get health care.
In the past few years, the region has been forced to deal with a growing influx of people seeking care outside of the city, said Domingez.
With more people coming into the health-care system, more people are willing to pay for a care provider.
This has meant an increasing demand for services.
But there’s also been a growing demand for providers to pay out of pocket for services, she said.
The City Manager said the pilot program is expected to provide about 10 percent of their health care costs, which is an increase of between $400 and $600 from the current plan.
The goal is to expand to at least 30 percent by 2021, said Epps.
The bothell plan would also increase the citys total health care expenditures to $2.8 billion, which would be enough to meet the costs of the next three years, according the plan.
However, Bothell’s total costs for 2017 are $2,898,000.
Bothell City Council Member Julie Ewing said she wants to help the region’s residents in need by expanding access to care.
However she said the plan would be a challenge to expand health care beyond the city if the region needs to rely more on the federal government.
“I don’t think this is going to solve the problem of a Bothell health crisis,” Ewing told Next Big.
Botsel Health Care’s plan is the latest in a series of efforts by the city that has been working to improve the quality of care it provides.
In the past several months, the community has been hearing about a growing shortage of providers, said Mayor Mike McPherson.
Botnells health care team is also working to help residents in their communities, according McPheson.
“We’re doing the best we can to help Bothell in its effort to be the best in this region,” McPhee said.
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