Dynamic Orange County Health Care Market Responds to Opportunities

Publication Date: August 2005

Publisher: Center for Studying Health System Change

Author(s): Aaron Katz; Gary Claxton; Robert E. Hurley; Cara S. Lesser

Research Area: Health

Type: Report

Coverage: California


In March 2005, a team of researchers visited Orange County, Calif., 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 90 leaders in the health care market. Orange County 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 Orange County, in 1996, 1998, 2000 and 2003, provide trend information against which changes are tracked. The Orange County market encompasses an area of about 30 cities south of Los Angeles.