This is a question that many people in our country and around the world may not be sure how to answer on a daily basis. The fact that so many people do not know the feeling of security if something comes up medically is a sad reality.
The same question was asked to Lynn Jordan, a retirement home worker, at the Smyth County RAM clinic. Lynn stated, “Sometimes I go to a non-profit hospital and I always apply for the insurance.” When discussing the out-of-pocket cost that she may have to pay, she responded, “I have utilized the clinics that try to work with you on payments.” Lynn, like so many others, has a job but is unable to work enough hours to qualify for health care coverage.
Lynn stated that today might not be her only day at the clinic. Due to high demand, a patient cannot receive both dental care and vision care on the same day. The fact that someone is willing to sleep in their car for two straight days to receive health care is touching but also very surreal.
Many doctor appointments must be booked over a month in advance just to get in to see a family physician. It actually seems to have given life to the “minute clinic” uprising that many pharmacies have implemented in the last few years. The days of someone having the same doctor for the majority of their life seem to be gone.
The need for volunteer health care professionals currently exceeds the amount of patients in need of care, but it doesn’t have to always be that way. Helping spread the word about Remote Area Medical may save the life of your neighbor, friend, or family member, and that should be important to everyone.