Philadelphia trying to come up with prescription for problem health center


A Philadelphia public health center is again the center of attention at City Council budget hearings. 

Health Center 10 in the 2200 block of Cottman Avenue continues to be a problem when it comes to new patients getting an appointment, said Dr. James Buehler, the city health commissioner.

“Overall citywide, the median wait time for a new patient visit is about 49 days,” he told Council. “It’s substantially longer — four to five months — at Health Center 10.”

The department is exploring several options for the facility, including expansion or opening a satellite branch in the area.

“We have looked at possible space,” Buehler said. “It’s great space, but a terrible location.”

The city is also trying to convert it into a federal health center, a designation that could mean more funding to improve and expand the facility.

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