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"The Villages will build eight primary-care centers throughout its community, ensuring that it can meet the 10-minute golf cart ride litmus test."

Nope, not from The Onion. That's from Sarah Kliff of the Washington Post, analyzing the Affordable Care Act and how The Villages--home to world record golf cart parades, STD's, a golf cart drill team--and the new standard for affordable care: golf cart ride distance.

The Villages will build eight primary-care centers throughout its community, ensuring that it can meet the 10-minute golf cart ride litmus test. Each will be staffed by eight doctors who will handle a panel of 1,250 patients. The doctors will all be paid by salary as employees of Villages Health, taking away some of the incentives for faster care that exist in a fee-for-service system.

Patients will still have access to hospitals, including the nearby hospital system run by the University of South Florida, although the whole idea is to make primary-care doctors the primary source of health care.

“This is putting primary care front and center,” Sussman says. “It’s making sure that the first call people make, except if they’re having something like terrible chest pains, that they would take the medical concern to their physician. If you have a terrible headache, instead of going to the ER, it’s saying ‘come here, and we’ll have you seen right away’.”

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Reader Comments (10)

The only reason I'd ever own a gun would be as a defensive maneuver to avoid ever moving to the Villages.
02.20.2013 | Unregistered Commentertlavin
The worst part is when the large bubbles prevent your escape.
02.20.2013 | Unregistered CommenterNorthern Hack
Why all the hand-wringing over health care in this country when everything could be fixed by making us into one big "The Villages"? Just think, Augusta and Cypress would become part of their Executive Course rota, and we could all play them *free* for the rest of our lives!
02.20.2013 | Unregistered CommenterRES
Let me have the second bullet behind tlavin...with my luck, I'd die in the golf cart, fall out and get run over by more golf carts trying to get to the ER.
02.20.2013 | Unregistered CommenterBobby D
Correct, tlavin and Bobby D. I went to visit a friend there one year on the way home and left pulling my hair out. Not to mention if you take a wrong turn before you get inside the compound, the coroner might have trouble identifying your remains.
02.20.2013 | Unregistered CommenterD. maculata
@Northern Hack

Prisoner reference. Nice.
02.20.2013 | Unregistered CommenterAG
Even more remarkable is that people actually choose to live there. Why is inanity in a GOLF blog anyway?
02.20.2013 | Unregistered Commenterthebigdad
tlavin, based on published reports re. STD rates in years gone by, you might want to be packing condoms rather than heat if you enter...The Villages (*twangy Ennio Morricone guitar*).
02.21.2013 | Unregistered Commenterdbh
I'd move there if they let me have the Viagra/Cialis concession stand at the turn.
02.21.2013 | Unregistered CommenterBobby D
I thought that I might be the only one that found the Villages creepy.

- Number 6.
02.21.2013 | Unregistered CommenterMarge Geneverra

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