I’m supposed to be posting on my research role with the Tulsa Initiative, which I will shortly. But in the meantime, and because I’m having my annual birthday birthday-week checkup today, I thought I’d post on healthcare…
Great article in The Columbus Dispatch (Ohio), of all places, about the impacts of Oklahoma’s famous House Bill 1804 on the healthcare decisions of Hispanics. According to Laurie Paul, executive director of Community Health Connections, average annual visits for all clients have dropped 24%, from 2.5 to 1.9 visits. (Another way of looking at that is that clients now wait 7 weeks longer between visits than they did before.)
I also learned this:
After fear initially kept them away, some patients began returning to the Tulsa Health Department, where undocumented Hispanics make up 98 percent of its prenatal clients, 90 percent of its family clinic patients and 95 percent of its dental cases.
98, 90, and 95 percent? Wow. Can anyone tell me why that is? I mean, even if THD is the only way many undocumented Hispanics can receive these services, I would still expect a sizable percentage of non-Hispanics to also access those services through THD.