Some medical providers are concerned that the high cost of gas is forcing patients to delay seeking medical care until they are sick enough to get a free ambulance ride to a hospital ER, according to a recent article by amednews.com.
With record-breaking gas prices and no public transportation in rural areas, some patients are admitting they can’t afford the drive to their appointments. In metro areas, some patients are missing more appointments than usual. Early indications suggest that high gas prices are affecting the ability of some parts of the health system to provide care by jeopardizing the capability of nurses and other health care workers to visit patients, particularly in rural areas.
Do you think the rising cost of gas is affecting the health care industry in a negative way? Do you think that patients are holding off on health care in order to redirect their money to daily living expenses? What affect do you believe this is having on the nursing industry as a whole?
Denver’s Nursing Star would like to know your thoughts. Please email your response, along with your name, nursing credentials, city, and contact information to email@example.com or fax it to 720-283-2198.