Last updated 5:44PM ET
December 16, 2017
KSUT Regional
KSUT Regional
City Ante's Up for Health Care
(2007-01-17)
(ksut) - HOST LEAD: Durango City Councilors have approved funding to head off what some say is a pending health care crisis.
KSUT's Victor Locke reports.


VICTOR: Thousands are expected to be without a primary care physician, when Valley Wide Health Services closes March 31st.
A citizens group proposes hiring a consultant to study ways to provide better health care at a cost of up to 150-thousand dollars.
And Mercy hospital's agreed to operate a Stop Gap Clinic to provide basic services, but would need 290-thousand dollars subsidy for one year.
Durango councilors voted unanimously last night to pay half those costs, or 220-thousand dollars.
Councilor Tom Howley:
HOWLEY: THIS IS A CRISIS WE HAVE HERE, AND FRANKLY THE COST INVOLVED TO THE CITY IS LESS THAN 12 PERCENT OF WHAT WE SPENT ON THE SKATEBOARD BOWL.
Councilors did stress, the funding is for one year only.
La Plata County Commissioners are expected to consider funding the other 220-thousand dollar cost before month's end.
I'm Victor Locke, for KSUT.
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