In the weeks leading up to the new year, Plano’s mayor, John Gorman, announced a $2 million dollar plan to replace the city’s aging, neglected hospital with a new model of medical care that will bring improved care to all residents.
Plano is located about 35 miles northwest of Houston and the new model will include new, high-quality and low-cost care for people with diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and a host of other conditions.
Gorman also promised to bring in a $1.6 million infusion of federal stimulus funds, a $50 million increase in the city council’s tax base, and $1 million in additional funding to expand health clinics, health homes, and treatment centers.
But instead of seeing the money, the city lost out on $2.4 million, including $1,300 per patient for diabetes and $150 for hypertension, according to a local newspaper.
And while it’s true that the plan is meant to cover all of Plano residents and that it’s a long-term, cost-effective way to help them get better care, the real impact will likely be felt only in the short-term.
In the short term, the plan will cost more than the replacement of the city hospital and will also cost more money than the additional $1 billion promised by Gorman.
That’s because the city will have to pay for everything from staffing to building the new facility, and as a result, the new plan will have a very limited window of opportunity to help people with chronic conditions.
A recent poll of 1,000 Plano citizens showed that just 16 percent believed that the city would be able to make the changes necessary to make things better, and another 23 percent said they were unsure.
And when you consider that the new cost will only cover part of the $2 billion, that means that even though the new medical care will be more cost effective, Planko residents will still end up paying a significant chunk of the cost.
As of Monday, Planews website reported that only about 10 percent of Planos voters approved the plan.
Gorman, who announced the plan on January 23, is trying to make up for lost revenue with additional federal stimulus dollars.
In a press release, Gorman said that his plan will “reduce costs and increase services to people with medical needs by: $1.5 million.”
He also announced that the $1-million infusion of stimulus funds will be used to hire at least 1,500 additional health professionals and “recreate” the local pharmacy.
However, while the new infusion of money might be a nice gesture, it doesn’t change the fact that Plano will still be facing a serious financial hole.
A recent study by the Center for American Progress found that the number of people in Plano with diabetes jumped by 20 percent between 2011 and 2015.
This means that the additional funds needed to fix up the new health care center will cost a significant portion of the overall budget.
Plano has already struggled with high rates of diabetes, which is why the new project will likely cause a major increase in medical costs for the city.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 30 percent of all people with type 1 diabetes have a blood glucose level above 140 mg/dL.
That translates into about 3.6 people per 100,000 people.
The new system will also likely increase costs for many people with heart disease.
According, an analysis by the American Heart Association, a major reason for this problem is that people with Type 1 diabetes are at higher risk of developing heart disease than those without diabetes.
To put it bluntly, Planeans healthcare system will be paying for more of its own costs than it would have had Gorman and the city chosen a more sustainable way to address the problem.
Despite Gorman’s efforts, the mayor still has a long way to go to make sure that his vision of Planais future is a reality.
But for the first time in a long time, it looks like the plan won’t just help people.
It might be the first step in fixing something.