Healthcare Considerations : The City Of Groesbeck Houses The County Hospital, Limestone Medical Center, And It

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Healthcare Considerations The town of Groesbeck houses the county hospital, Limestone Medical Center, and it is centrally located. There are two health clinics both employing several physicians located in Groesbeck, and one Nurse Practitioner in private practice. There are no specialists in the area, a patient would have to travel to Waco to visit one. As far as other health services, there are two dentists, one optometrist, and one massage therapist. There are no mental health services in Groesbeck, and this is a huge issue. The county mental health facility is located about 15 miles away in Mexia. There are limited appointments, resources, and services offered at this rural facility. One nursing home is present, but there is no…show more content…
Several of the providers are not taking new patients or they are booked and unable to see a patient, so they often refer patients to be seen in the emergency department due to availability issues. Another weakness is the lack of community resources, people often call emergency medical services for non-emergencies due to lack of transportation to a provider’s office. Social agencies located in another town could be a potential weakness also, due to possible transportation issues. Absence of mental health services is an enormous weakness in this community. Lack of childcare is also another issue that was noted during the survey, people may want to work but are unable to do so due to lack of childcare options. Healthcare Priority Issues & Healthy People 2020 The highest priority healthcare issue discovered during the survey, is the lack of access to health care especially for uninsured persons. The Healthy People 2020 goal that coincides with this issue is to decrease the proportion of persons who are unable to obtain or delay in obtaining necessary medical care or prescription medications. . If an indigent care clinic were started for Limestone County, it could assist with providing care for the residents of Groesbeck and possibly surrounding counties. . Patients without insurance are often unable to pay the upfront cost for visiting the clinic, so they
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