When consumers can engage with primary healthcare providers according to their specific wants and needs and gain full access to their own individual healthcare data, they can begin to make better healthcare choices, seek preventive care, and maintain a healthier lifestyle. For underserved populations in the United States, including Hispanic communities, being able to access healthcare services in a supportive environment is harder than it should be. This is especially true when they use a healthcare solution that enables information to be shared easily and securely with their physicians, clinics, hospitals, family members, and within their own communities.
For Hispanic communities, whether in Puerto Rico or in the mainland U.S. the ‘best care’ is not only care at an affordable price that can be accessed without insurance or third-party payment, but also takes into account linguistic needs and care that enables information to be shared easily and securely with their physicians, clinics, and family.
Serving Hispanics and Other Underserved Populations
The challenges that Hispanics face when trying to access healthcare in the United States represents how our healthcare systems have failed underserved patients. At least one-quarter of His-panic adults do not have a primary healthcare provider. Moreover, with only around seven percent of physicians in the United States the unique health challenges and cultural sensitivities of Hispanic patients have made accessing healthcare more difficult.
Innovative Solutions to the Rescue
Fortunately, today’s innovative solutions, including tech-driven solutions, digital access, and a push towards transparency enable Hispanics to access the healthcare they need in ways that meet their unique needs.
For example, the federal government’s recent move to enforce greater price transparency is a positive move in terms of helping healthcare consumers access quality, cost-effective care, which is so critical for the nation’s medically underserved, including minorities, immigrants and veterans.
Equally, healthcare companies, including Hoy Health, have made inroads with innovative solutions. Solutions like cash- based primary care and pharmacy solutions, including medication voucher programs give consumers the ability to pre-purchase generic medications at affordable price points. Hoy Health’s solutions can be purchased for personal use or gifted to a friend or family member for use either domestically in the U.S. and Puerto Rico, or internationally in Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador. Other disruptive solutions include prescription savings cards for cash-pay questions, apps to enable access to lifestyle coaches, and bilingual telemedicine platforms.
Solutions like these can drastically simplify access and delivery of quality health and wellness products, and enable individuals to learn about their health, determine their wellness needs, get low-cost medications, manage chronic conditions and engage in behavior changes that empower them to lead healthier and more productive lives. These types of innovations given underserved populations access to quality healthcare where, and when, they need it most, in their own communities.
Ultimately, technology is in step with growing demand for quality care and medications that Hispanics and other underserved individuals can afford. The result: These healthcare consumers are more engaged, supported and empowered to manage their health in a way that benefits families, communities and the entire U.S. healthcare system.