Health Care Program for Farmers

by Vanessa Jones on  February 4, 2013 at 5:37 PM Health Insurance News   - G J E 4
Health care professionals are marketing a program, which will bring health care to farm families in Outagamie County. The county is in partnership with the Rural Healthcare Initiative to improve the quality of care provided in the area.

The rural Seymour residents listened to a registered nurse Amanda Hatch, who explained the Rural Health initiative to farm folks who face numerous barriers where health care is concerned.

Touring the Outagamie County, she explained how the health Care Initiative would give farmers easy access to health care. "We can do testing on them like a blood pressure, we can do a lipid panel, so the total cholesterol, the LDL, the HDL so the bad and the good cholesterol. Triglycerides," said Hatch.
 Health Care Program for Farmers
Health Care Program for Farmers

Hatch felt that due to the long working hours and the distance to their doctor's offices, they were unable to get proper health care and the preventive tests. Insurance cover was still a barrier.

According to a report by Rural Health Initiative 18% of Wisconsin farming families have no health insurance, 41% have plans for only major medical coverage. At an average every 4 out of 5 people lack covers that allow for health check up and preventive care.

"A lot of our farmers, they are either under insured or they have a really high deductible. So $5-$10 thousand deductible. So they're just not going to get that preventative care piece."   

The program, which is funded mostly with donations, covers Outagamie, Waupaca and Shawano Counties. The cost is $183 thousand a year with Outagamie county accounting for $ 78 thousand.

"If you look at the county budget, far and away the largest department, the largest services, is the health and human services budget. In fact we levy over $20 million every year in property taxes just to pay for health and human services," said Outagamie County Executive Tom Nelson. 

Nelson said the Rural Health Initiative's potential impact on the county budget is unknown, but he adds there will be savings nonetheless. 

"If we can get early on to a problem while it's a little more cost effective to treat, not only are we going to be able to save money from the bottom line for our county budget, but we also have the real chance to actually save lives," said Nelson. 


Hannah Punitha (IRDA Licence Number: 2710062)

Laura Smith, Fox 11 News

Source: Medindia

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