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Low-income patients want closer connection to health providers

Low-income Californians want closer relationships with their doctors’ offices — but not only with their doctor, according to a new poll that plumbed the needs and desires of a population that will be at the heart of federal health reform. The survey, released Monday, found that most low-income patients would be happy to have a “team approach” to treatment that included not just a doctor but nurses, medical assistants, dieticians and health outreach workers.