It is no secret that the United States has one of the highest medical costs in the world. There are thousands of people every day who simply cannot afford the price of modern health care. Insurance is not available for some and for others health insurance cannot be worked into the budget and still afford to buy food. To help all those in need, mobile health centers work their way around the country treating and helping diagnose those who cannot get help anywhere else.
According to the mobile health map, at mobilehealthmap.org, there are more than 470 mobile health clinics available. Each of these centers serves over 3,600 patients a year. If you do the math, that just over 1.6 million people treated a year nation wide that would have had no other means of service or treatment, other than the over priced emergency room.
The mobile health clinics travel around in large vans, trucks, and other large commercial grade vehicles to the working neighborhoods all over the United States. For every dollar invested in mobile health clinics, $23 is returned making it as profitable as it is helpful.
Mobile health clinics have turned into an effective way to deliver primary and preventive care to those areas and people that have been underserved in their medical needs. For every dollar spent treating a patient or giving preventive care, the patient and the community save by being treated and becoming healthy once again. When we are healthy, we all are able to contribute to our own happiness and the happiness of those around us.
It is no surprise that the majority of the mobile health clinics are located in densely populated areas, such as the east and west coasts. Areas with dense populations are the areas that are usually worst hit by lack of services and/or doctors. There are even mobile health clinics located in Cuba that are part of the U.S. system
As of right now, mobile health care units are utilized for helping those in need get help concerning infections of all kinds, examinations, prescriptions, and medical advice concerning any further treatment that might be needed. Clive Smith is the Director of the worldwide operations at Mobile Health Alliance. He boasts that their services have over 9,000 medical applications.
The mobile health market has grown 17% in the last year. From 2012 to 2014 field experts are predicting that the market will grow another 22%. This is the proof that many investors need to show that the people want close and mobile health clinics.
One of the big concerns is the privacy issue. The fact that these centers are mobile can make record keeping hard to do. The confined space makes proper paper work a challenge. EHRs help overcome these issues by applying modern technology.
Mobile health units can be hugely successful in areas o f the country and world where health care is hit or miss. If the government does not start to become active in the overseeing of this growing new market, then bigger problems could come. All agree, mobile health care has the potential to do truly great things, if it is used and overseen properly.