Proposal would expand, county's health system

PHOENIX (AP) — Voters in Arizona's most populous county may decide this November whether to approve a $935 million bond package to pay for building a new county hospital, a new behavioral-health facility and an improved network of community-based health clinics.

Officials say Maricopa County is moving to focus its health system toward outpatient and behavioral-health care, with an emphasis on underserved areas and low-income residents.

The Arizona Republic ( reports that the bond package is recommended in the final report of a 15-member citizens committee.

The county health district's five-member board of directors now will decide which recommendations to follow and how large a bond package to propose to voters to pay for the changes.

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