Council gets update on AIDS, effects of Clinton health plan PASADENA

October 05, 1993|By John Rivera | John Rivera,Staff Writer

Anne Arundel Health Department officials briefed the County Council last night on its possible role if the Clinton health care reform plan is approved and provided an update on the numbers of AIDS cases in its biannual report.

County Health Officer Frances B. Phillips told the council that some services the department now provides will not be offered if the Clinton plan is approved "because every county resident would be fully insured and get these services in a private clinic."

Those services include well-baby clinics, family planning, pregnancy services, preventive dental treatment, immunizations and outpatient mental health and addictions treatment.

However, she said, there is a possibility that some of those services might be provided by the department under contract to private health plans.

Universal health care will not put the Health Department out of business, Ms. Phillips said.

"Information and outreach are part of what we consider the traditional Health Department role," she said, and those functions are not covered by the Clinton health plan.

The number of new cases of human immunodeficiency virus infection in the county went up considerably in the last year, but the increase can be almost totally attributed to the fact that the definition of HIV was expanded, said Dr. Linda Joe, who heads the department's communicable diseases and epidemiology division.

There have been 241 cases of acquired immune deficiency syndrome in the county in the past 12 years, and 70 percent of those people have died, Dr. Joe said. About 1,200 people have been diagnosed as HIV-positive, she said.

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