Health care is an important part of life, but not everyone has the same access to it. People living in rural areas, far away from hospitals and clinics, have a much harder time obtaining the same treatment and tests since traveling comes at a much greater cost. Mobile health clinics help rural populations by flipping this issue on its head—going to the patient instead of waiting for them to arrive at their appointments.
The clearest way that mobile health clinics can help rural populations is by navigating geographic isolation. People living in a big city or a suburb are relatively close to hospitals, clinics, or doctor’s offices where they can receive testing and treatments for various issues. Rural communities don’t have this luxury. A trip to the doctor’s office may be a whole-day affair, which means paying for gas and potentially losing money by not working that day. Many people opt to stay home sick instead of going to the doctor, but a mobile health clinic can make it easy to receive care without taking up an entire day.
Minimizing the Spread of Illness
Mobile health clinics are also great at minimizing the spread of infectious diseases, both in rural populations and hospitals. If someone in a rural population contracted COVID-19, minimizing interactions with others is the best way to limit the spread. In many cases, it’s not always possible, but it can be with a mobile health clinic.
Without those clinics, the patient may drive to a health care provider to get help and accidentally put people at risk along the way. On the other hand, if they stay home and tough it out, they’re risking their family’s health. Mobile health clinics can eliminate both possibilities while ensuring sick patients receive the care they need.
Another way that mobile health clinics help rural populations is by making health care personal. A major reason that people in rural areas have issues accessing health care is that traveling to a hospital or doctor’s office can take a long time. The cherry on top is that the experience isn’t very personal, leading to a sense of alienation.
Mobile health clinics prevent this issue by being very personal. They foster a strong provider-to-patient relationship that helps the patients better understand their health. Such a relationship can make patients feel like their doctors truly care for them, which can be hard to come by at traditional medical facilities.
Mobile health clinics help rural populations in numerous ways and are ideal for delivering health care to the populations least likely to get it. It’s a difficult situation to see, but if you’re interested in helping those populations, work with us at CGS Premier to get your own mobile health screening vehicle. Our vehicles are spacious, ADA compliant, and great for all kinds of health care screenings. When you work with us, you can deliver the care that some communities need to live healthier, more fulfilling lives.