Our table discussed some of the barriers and the impact that poor health care has on the larger community.
-“Language barriers for non-English speakers is a huge issue – health care providers who cannot communicate with patients is especially an issue in a state like Texas where we have ever increasing populations of non-English speakers.”
-“Despite the wealth and advances in technology, we still have too many uninsured children in Texas. Other countries have somehow been able to overcome the barriers but we lag behind in the US- it impacts us all in so many ways – preventable or treatable health problems become chronic and have to be treated as emergencies – the problems have a ripple effect beyond health – medical bills impact economics, family dynamics, job stability, school attendance.”
-” Access to care is also an issue. When people in rural areas get sick, they head for the emergency rooms – no access means more expensive cost of getting services.”