admin - May 10, 2014
Looking for easy, convenient and affordable health care options? You aren’t the only one. The Health Resources and Service Administration state that about 20% of people in the United States live in areas with an insufficient amount of primary care physicians to meet community needs.
To add to this problem, the Association of American Medical Colleges predicts that there will be a shortage of potentially 45,000 physicians within the next six years.
The healthcare access gap is becoming more apparent in the aftermath of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). More than 5 million Americans have signed up to receive insurance this year, and that number is expected to grow to close to 30 million by the end of 2017. With more Americans having the means to afford healthcare, the growing problem is that they do not have anywhere to go.
So where do you turn to for accessible healthcare? The answer is closer to home than you think – community based health options.
Community based health options offer up quality care and are options that are able to save you a more costly trip to the doctor’s office.
Option #1: Community health screenings – Life Line Screening, the nation’s leading provider of preventive health screenings, offers affordable tests in local and in some cases under served communities. Our focus is to detect chronic diseases such as stroke, cholesterol and diabetes that are a burden on the healthcare system, and cause significant disability to individuals and their families.
Option #2: Retail Clinics – These are small practices mostly found in national drug stores, and are predicted to double by 2015. Accenture also reported that they will save the health care system around $800 million annually since they are used instead of a higher cost option.
Retail clinics and health screening services are often partner with local hospital systems. Minute Clinic from CVS, for example, has a list of the hospital affiliations, meaning that they collaborate with those medical systems in the community.
Life Line Screening partners with many hospitals throughout the nation in an effort to make patients more aware of unrecognized health problems. We also encourage our screening participants to seek follow-up care with their personal physicians.
Community-based healthcare options like Life Line Screening are a way of providing accessible, easy, convenient screenings. Learn more about community health screenings.
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