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Hopkins’ healthy advice

Of the two columns dealing with health care on Feb. 16, I consider only the one by Peg Hopkins worth attention and analysis. She is suggesting changes that clearly make sense, and she does not try to get attention by bombastic statements and innuendos, as Kathleen Parker does.

Hopkins’ directions that she clearly states and the clientele of CHAS make her, in my opinion, one of the most respect-worthy people in our community.

My background in health care is insufficient to contribute to a discussion, yet in numerous research, business and family situations a silo approach substantially decreases efficiency and yields. A primary care provider in health care must be able to evaluate physical and mental health at the same level, including “prevention screening, early treatment and coordination of care,” and be supported with regulations.

This, of course, is in the interest of our community: better usage of tax dollars, improvement in quality of life, and increased trust in primary medical care.

Peter Dolina



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