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Rural Health Bill Saves Patients Time & Money

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 Congress passes rural health legislation that the bill co-sponsor congresswoman Lynn Jenkins says was a crucial move.

“Republicans and democrats put their differences aside and for once put people in rural communities before the political wrangling. And I'm confident the president will sign it into law,” says Jenkins.

The bill makes it so small rural hospitals don't need a doctor present to perform routine outpatient therapeutic services like-getting blood drawn, antibiotic infusions, and physical therapy.

Mercy Columbus President Administrator Cindy Neely says "If this bill had not of been passed we probably would not have been able to provide those services because there are not enough physicians to provide that.”

Neely says that a lot of her patients are elderly and economically challenged, making it difficult for them to travel to and from their medical appointments.

This new law makes it much easier for patients like Miles, allowing them to go to their local hospital, cutting his travel time in half.

Chetopa resident Scott Miles was injured at a football game and has therapy twice a week.

He's glad this bill allows him to stay local instead of driving to Joplin.

“Less travel for me to come from my home to here, then to go from my home to Joplin and back. Because I have to have someone pick me up because I can't drive so. My wife is a school teacher, so she can't take off twice a week. So my parents are helping me with that and they live in the Riverton area,” says Miles.

Besides saving money on gas, his hospital bill is also less since he's not paying for a doctor.

“As far as I'm concerned I'm receiving the same quality care as I would at a large hospital in Joplin. Everybody has been great and is really focused on me getting better and I appreciate that and I've been very satisfied."

In Columbus, Diane Gerstenfeld KOAM News
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