Population Growth, Economic Downturn Stress Phoenix's Health Care Capacity

Publication Date: January 2003

Publisher: Center for Studying Health System Change

Author(s): Ashley C. Short; Jon B. Christianson; Debra A. Draper; Linda R. Brewster

Research Area: Health

Type: Report

Coverage: Arizona


In April 2003, 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 nearly 100 leaders in the health care market. Phoenix is one of 12 communities tracked by HSC every two years through site visits and every three years through surveys. Individual community reports are published for each round of site visits. The first three site visits to Phoenix, in 1996, 1998 and 2000, provided baseline and initial trend information against which changes are tracked. The Phoenix market includes Maricopa and Pinal counties.