Not only is it difficult for rural Georgian's to afford health insurance, the huge deductibles that come with them, or afford specialty care and expensive medications, but there's also the growing issue of access to treatment facilities and clinics in rural populations. Some counties are going months or years without a single medical treatment facility in their county! For patients with chronic health issues, such as diabetes or heart disease, this lack of access can mean the difference between life or death.
According to STATNEWS.COM, "rural residents are generally sicker and poorer than urban residents, and are more likely to die from heart disease, cancer, unintentional injury, chronic lower respiratory disease, and stroke than their urban counterparts. Residents of rural areas who have cancer are diagnosed at later stages of the disease, have less access to clinical trials, worse outcomes, and spend 66% more time traveling to see cancer care providers."
At The Mercy Ministries we have an ultimate, long-term VISION is to eliminate the gaps to healthcare and wellness in every community, no matter how far off the grid!
We are committed to providing healthcare, dental care, medications and health education workshops for patients who have polychronic diseases, such as those mentioned above. To help TMM continue to grow and expand our reach to those in need, DONATE TODAY!
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Strong medicine is needed to solve America’s rural health crisis.