Like you, the person reading my post, I have family members and loved ones who struggle to get healthcare. It hurts when my father tells me about his struggles as he cares for his long-time companion, who has Alzheimer's. It is hard and painful when I hear about loved ones in my immediate family struggling with depression and unsure of where to turn. There are so many reasons why everyone needs healthcare. For many reasons, it is a matter of life and death for vulnerable populations. For instance, a person suffering from depression may commit suicide simply because they do not have access to care. Suffering can be alleviated when healthcare is provided. We all know people who need healthcare but struggle to get the help they need. A lack of healthcare is not a lack of access. It is a lack of knowledge, financial resources, and abilities to go to the care. After reading some of my ideas, I would like your advice. Leave a comment after you read on!
Getting healthcare to financially vulnerable people and those in government programs can involve a range of strategies, including:
Overall, ensuring access to healthcare for financially vulnerable people and those in government programs will require a multifaceted approach addressing the various barriers to care these populations face. It will also require collaboration among healthcare providers, policymakers, and community organizations.
Before we can improve access to healthcare, we must fix the fundamental infrastructure. Telemedicine is terrific as long as you have access to the internet, a secure connection, and a device to connect. Community health centers are the beginning of a healthier community as long as local and state political leaders have the same vision. Our tentacles must go deep into the crack and crevices to understand the real problems before we will ever fix this crisis. What are your ideas and advice for improving access to care for those who need it the most but can't? Drop a comment below and keep this conversation going.