The Power Of Mobile Health Clinics
Traveling medical offices, operating out of RVs and vans, provide cost effective treatment for those in need.
There are over 2000 mobile health clinics in the US that provide basic medical care at affordable rates, or free of cost to both the needy and to those who can spend on traditional private health care. By using inexpensive, portable screening tools and employing certified employees trained in basic medical services, these traveling doctor’s offices are racking up savings, and helping those in need.
Newsweek reports on one such service:
This particular clinic—the Family Van, a nonprofit affiliated with Harvard Medical School—has been operating for 18 years now, but it is only in the last year that many people have begun to realize what Jackson figured out a long time ago: “mobile health clinics” like the Family Van don’t just provide health care to people who don’t have any. They also help a lot of people who can get traditional health care by other means, and they do so in an astonishingly cost-effective and efficient way. In other words, they solve one of the most pressing problems facing the new health-care-reform law: how to expand access while controlling costs. In Massachusetts the need is particularly acute; spending on health care has increased by 52 percent since the state enacted its own major health reform in 2006.