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Rapid Population Growth Outpaces Phoenix Health System Capacity

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Publication Date: September 2005

Publisher(s): Center for Studying Health System Change

Author(s): Sally Trude; Jon B. Christianson; Kelly L. McKenzie; Ann S. O'Malley

Series: Community Report No. 6

Topic: Health (Health services administration)

Type: Report

Coverage: Arizona


In April 2005, a team of researchers visited Phoenix to study that community’s health system, how it is changing and the effects of those changes on consumers. The Center for Studying Health System Change (HSC), as part of the Community Tracking Study, interviewed more than 75 leaders in the health care market. Phoenix is one of 12 communities tracked by HSC every two years through site visits. Individual community reports are published for each round of site visits. The first four site visits to Phoenix, in 1996, 1998, 2000 and 2003, provide trend information against which changes are tracked. The Phoenix market encompasses Maricopa and Pinal counties.