Fresno: Health Providers Expand Capacity, but Health Reform Preparation Lags

CHCF Regional Markets Issue Brief
December 2012
Joy M. Grossman, Peter J. Cunningham, Lucy B. Stark

As part of the California Health Care Almanac project, the California HealthCare Foundation (CHCF) funded HSC to conduct interviews in six California communities in 2011-12 to assess how the organization, financing and delivery of health care are changing, including preparations for health reform.

The Fresno region remains one of the poorest areas in California, and the economic downturn has driven Medi-Cal enrollment and uninsurance rates even higher. The population has continued to grow, although at a slower pace than during the early 2000s. These factors have strained already inadequate provider capacity, particularly of physicians. Key developments since the last study was conducted in 2008 include:

Click here to access the Fresno report at the CHCF Web site.