Many vulnerable communities need to have access to better healthcare. Often, these communities seem to be underserved by the healthcare system. In what ways can the healthcare system improve to serve vulnerable communities better? Keep reading to look into some ideas that might have a positive impact.
Improving Primary Care
Primary physicians are crucial for so many different reasons. Sadly, these doctors often feel they can’t help patients with all of their needs. For instance, a patient might need help with special needs such as mental health concerns or behavioral issues. If primary care services can link up with community organizations, it might make it easier for patients to get the help they need.
The primary physician can point the patient toward a community-based service that can help. Instead of inaccessible specialized healthcare, it’ll present an alternative solution to an issue. As it stands, most primary physicians don’t have such relationships with community-based organizations. That could change in the future.
Improving Access to Care
Access to healthcare is a real problem in vulnerable communities. People who don’t have as much money have difficulty going to the doctor. They either don’t have access to healthcare, or it will be tough for them to pay out the necessary funds to take care of specific medical issues. Improving access to healthcare should involve expanding Medicare and Medicaid benefits.
If more people can see their doctors without worrying about the cost, it’ll be a lot easier for them to stay healthy. Currently, many patients are skipping appointments or avoiding going to the doctor altogether. Making healthcare more affordable for vulnerable communities is imperative. Social programs can help people in need, but it’s also essential for people to have doctors in their neighborhoods so that they’ll be able to get to them easily.
Mental health is another area that needs to be addressed. People go without getting help for anxiety or depression issues due to a lack of access to mental health resources. If vulnerable communities have more access to mental health care, they’ll be able to get the help that they need. This is why community organizations that focus on mental health are so important.