Before the COVID-19 pandemic, about 27.5 million Americans had no health insurance, but now, many more are losing their current coverage plans due to businesses laying workers off because of COVID-19 precaution measures. In addition to the millions of U.S. citizens who currently lack healthcare insurance, there are also millions of undocumented immigrants who are simply not elligible.
“A pandemic crisis like this, where everyone is at risk and everyone can be affected, highlights the gaps in our healthcare system in a way that we don’t often see.”- Jennifer Tolbert (associate director for the Kaiser Family Foundation’s program on Medicaid and the uninsured)
Healthcare is an important part of life that we consider to be entitled to, as it is our basic human right to have access to healthcare whenever we need it. Access to quality healthcare is important for promoting and maintaining health and achieving health equity for all Americans. But, for many people healthcare is simply not an option due to financial and social barriers. Without access to healthcare, people are more at risk for problems including diseases, malnutrition, and even death. This lack of high quality public health and medical care access for these low income underprivileged communities also ultimately results in higher transmission rates of COVID-19 while the disease disproportionately affects the poor, minorities, and the most vulnerable populations.
Why PIH Health Good Samaritan Hospital?
Located in Central LA, a few miles away from the well known Downtown LA high rise buildings, is the PIH Health Good Samaritan Hospital which has been around for over 100 years founded in the year of 1885. By being based within these low income communities, the PIH Health Good Samaritan Hospital’s mission is to provide accessible, quality, cost-effective and compassionate healthcare services that meet the needs of their patients and their families, the community and their physicians. Through their Charity Care program, the hospital is committed to ensuring that its patients will receive necessary care without regard to their ability to pay.
In 2019, the PIH Health Good Samaritan Hospital partnered with several medical centers to conduct a Community Health Needs Assessment which served to identify unmet health and social needs in the service area. As a result, access to healthcare was identified as the second most significant need in the service area, only slightly behind housing and homelessness, when considering impact on the community, worsening over time, and lack of resources. The annual Federal Poverty Level was also assessed and showed that while 17.8% of LA County had households with an income less than 100% FPL, the PIH Health Good Samaritan Hospital’s service area specifically had a high 30% of households with an income less than 100% FPL.
Though the PIH Health Good Samaritan Hospital’s Charity Care program wishes to continue to pursue their mission of providing cost effective care for the needs of the community, they need your help when it comes to making sure that the underprivileged low income community in LA get the financial support and healthcare that they strongly need, especially during these trying times. All donations will be directly donated to the PIH Health Good Samaritan Hospital’s Charity Care program through the PIH Health Foundation. Thank you in advance for your contribution to this cause that is so essential right now. Every dollar and share counts more than you know! All donations are fully tax-deductible.