Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Mobile Healthcare Brings Doctors To Children

Sponsored post via PostJoint

"The Big Blue Bus" is sweeping the nation, now being seen in 16 states and the District of Columbia.  This mobile healthcare program began in New York City and now brings quality medical care to children in need.  Helping mostly homeless and uninsured children, the program has been a lifesaver to many in need.  As the homeless population in the United States continues to grow, services like this are in high demand.  In the Bronx alone more than 22,000 children sleep in shelters every night.
Sponsored by the Children's Health Fund "The Big Blue Bus" services the basic health needs of these children.  The "emergency clinic on wheels" goes where it is needed and has helped victims of natural disasters such as Hurricane Katrina and Super Storm Sandy.  With a fleet of more than 50 busses, the group has become a reliable resource in the fight against low-income healthcare issues.

But this program isn't the only one making a difference in lives.  In Bluefield, VA a similar service focuses on the needs of the rural community, taking "house-calls" to a whole new level.  Similar to the urban program, these mobile clinics face a different issue in the rural landscape, namely finding a location to setup that is on level ground and has access to electricity.  Backed by the Beckley VA Hospital, the service focuses first on the needs of our nation's veterans.  The men and women who have served in the armed forces are often one of the most overlooked groups in need of medical attention.  “We’re excited about bringing this mobile clinic here,” said Brian Nimmo, Associate Director. “We want a waiting list,” he said in reference to when the mobile clinic starts serving veterans. “We want this to be as well used — as any other VA clinic.”  The $360,000 mobile health clinic features two examination rooms, a restroom and an expandable portion which increases the space available to provide services and for patients to wait.
Creative uses of talent, resources and finances help bring critical services to areas where they are needed the most.  The mobile clinics are just one example.  In cities across the country Express Walk-In Clinics are popping up like freshly planted corn.  These centers are "more than a doctor's office, less than an emergency room" and provide basic health services outside normal business hours.  If a child becomes ill late at night or a teen falls and sprains their ankle, these urgent care clinics are available to help when other facilities are closed.  "We wanted to avoid the cost of taking our son to the emergency room  when it really wasn't an emergency," said Shirley McClain, Jacksonville resident. "With the urgent care clinic we were able to get him treated without the huge expense."
The key here is for those in the medical industry to continue to make new breakthroughs, leverage technology and find creative solutions to the problems facing Americans today.  With the Affordable Care Act making changes on the insurance side, it's a prime time to develop new ways to solve age-old problems.