Diabetes and Healthcare Affordability are Top Concerns for Hispanics

A recent survey, done by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Harvard School of Public Health, found that Latino immigrants in the U.S. are presently more worried about diabetes than any other health issue.

This news should come as no great surprise, as previous researchsuggests that Hispanics are at a higher risk for diabetes than any other minority group in the United States. One contributing factor to this phenomenon is the fact that Hispanics are genetically predisposed to the disease. That inherent susceptibility, combined with inadequate nutrition and reduced physical activity among Latinos, have thrust diabetes to the forefront of health concerns in the Hispanic community.

Aside from diabetes, another pressing concern for Hispanic immigrants is the affordability of health care. In the same poll mentioned above, about a third of surveyed immigrants said they’d had a serious problem with being able to pay for health insurance in the past 12 months. Additionally, more than one-fourth of respondents reported having had a serious problem affording doctor bills and medicines.

Affordable Treatment Plans for Diabetic Patients:

YourTown Health recognizes that the escalating rate of diabetes is a pressing concern for not only Hispanic immigrants, but for all citizens of the United States. That’s why our physicians offer a full range of services to diabetes patients; from monitoring blood work and treating symptoms, to educating patients about their condition and encouraging lifestyle changes, we work to improve our patients’ overall quality of life. At YourTown Health, we also realize that quality health care is less accessible to those without health insurance. In order to provide first-class health care to people who don’t have insurance, we offer something called a Sliding Fee Scale. This scale, based on the Federal Poverty Limits, discounts your bill based on your household income and number of people in your home. Additionally, if you have Medicare or private insurance and have difficulty paying your co-pays, you can apply for the Sliding Fee Scale to have those co-pays reduced.

Whether you are a Latino immigrant worried about your risk of developing diabetes, or a parent looking for affordable yet quality medical care for your family, Your Town Health may be your solution. If you would like more information about any of our services, locate the YourTown Health office in your area and give them a call today.