Health-Care Changes in Ashland

1 decade 8 months 1 week ago Thursday, September 13 2007 Sep 13, 2007 Thursday, September 13, 2007 12:48:21 AM CDT September 13, 2007 in News

The ownership is the biggest change at the Southern Boone County Family Care Center.  The facility used to be jointly owned by Boone Hospital Center and University Hospital, until recently, when university cut their ties with the clinic.

But the change does not appear that it will sway patients away.

"I think it has its small town values," said Leia Asbury, a patient. "Dr. Murphey, you can always call him, tell him over the phone what's going on, and he's always there for you."

Dr. Bud Murphey is able to provide patients with care, even to those in rural areas where getting a doctor may be difficult.

"We try and do today's work today," Murphey said. "I think people come from out of town sometimes because they can't get in when they want to get in when they're sick."

One of the bigger changes in the new ownership will deal with the facility's health coverage.  Healthcare may be hard to come by south of Columbia, but the new ownership will make sure its patients are treated.

"The form of Medicaid, at the university called Missouri Care we won't be doing, but we will be doing healthcare usa which is affiliated with boone," Murphey said.

Getting a doctor and health coverage in rural areas may be a task, and population may not slow down anytime soon.

Dr. Murphey is only one of two physicians in ashland, and sees about 30 patients on a busy day, with even more than that during flu season.

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