October 16, 2013 Access to Health Care - Part 2
Access to health care and other needed services is particularly challenging in rural states like Maine.
Transportation: Communities built around private automobiles are difficult to serve with fixed-route transit systems, much less light rail. On-demand and volunteer driver networks are difficult to sustain, particularly as fuel prices rise.
Social Networks: Rural isolation increasingly leaves elderly without family or friends to assist during time of infirmity. Population trends indicate that rural isolation with increase dramatically in the comming decades. New forms of social networks are needed.
Care for multiple-chronic diseases: Environmental, behavioral and demographic factors are contributing to a rapid increase of people living with multiple-chronic diseases. For many, health care requires weekly or even daily services. Meeting these needs in rural Maine is a growing challenge.
Join our dialogue about these and other challenges to meeting health care needs.
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