So, I went to the health fair this morning and not only received a flu shot, but was weighed and screened for all kinds of hideous things.
But, (and it is a huge BUT) I also found out that the diabetes nurse who has been seeing us for the past three years, providing services on a department of health federal grant is no longer going to provide services. Yep, that’s right. She had her funding cut by 100%!
There were six groups of diabetes classes per year, with individual counseling sessions once per month for everyone who attended class. She provided medications for those who needed them. She provided initial testing kits (those are absolutely necessary to determine the amount of insulin or other medications daily), she provided nutrition classes…………and it is over now. She had to find another job.
She was told just a day or so ago that her federal grant would not be renewed. It didn’t matter that her patient statics were incredible, that she saw over 400 people in the past 3 years that otherwise would have had zero contact with doctors. It didn’t matter that she eliminated hospital emergency room contacts for her patients, thus saving thousands of dollars.
Nope, Health and Human Services cut off ALL ancillary grants.
The free clinic I attend, THANK GOD, utilize community funding, local grants and donations. They lost their one and only Federal grant at the beginning of the year. For a while they had to open up only three times a month instead of six in a money saving effort. A local business that wanted to remain anonymous gave them enough to open on their regular schedule. (It was never announced, or acknowledged here who the donor was…but we found out anyway. If you have a chance, use FIRESTONE when you need auto stuff or tires!!!)
I am truly grateful I now live in a town that believes in giving. Without their generosity I would have no healthcare at all. But it frustrates me, and scares me, to think of the people in charge of our government being so focused upon giving a bazillion dollars to the Military and cutting any social services they don’t like or use themselves.
For a group that says they are all about “human life” it just plain annoys the crap out of me that they systematically destroy people’s chances of receiving any healthcare or social services.