Smoking, obesity top north Okaloosa County health concerns

Published: Friday, May 3, 2013 at 02:43 PM.

"Health trends that are going to impact our long-term health, such as tobacco use and physical obesity, are issues for our entire community," Chapman said.

'Skin in the Game'

State Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fort Walton Beach,has suggested requiring people who use free public health services to invest in their own healthcare.

While the county health department’s Crestview office offers basic dental and pediatric care, one practitioner said the biggest problem is people failing to show up for appointments.

"We get four or five (cancellations) a day," county health department support technician Adrienne Ferguson said. "For some of our services, we went to same-day appointments because of that."

A modest co-pay, even if it's refundable, could remedy the situation, Gaetz has said.

Cindy Hammonds, an administrator with the Crestview Women, Infants and Children health program, said starting walk-in clinics has reduced no-shows.

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