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Louisiana, U.S.

Access to Health Care in Louisiana, a Life or Death Issue for People in Need

  • February 23, 2017
  • Newsroom, U.S. Medical Access

“If it wasn’t for the clinic, they’d have to bury us in the backyard. There’s no way we could afford health care.” 

Ricky, a farm worker in Eunice, LA

Employed but uninsured, Ricky and his wife Caroline depend on the Eunice Community Health Center for health screenings and medicine. Americares has supported the free clinic with more than $4.5 million in medicine and medical supplies over the last 12 years. Caroline receives health screenings and five medications at the Eunice clinic at no cost; the medicines manage her high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes, while Ricky gets most of his prescriptions filled free through pharmaceutical company patient assistance programs.

The Eunice Health Center is one of 1,000 clinics across the U.S. supported by Americares U.S. Program with life-changing health programs, medicine and medical supplies. Americares network serves low-income uninsured and underinsured patients, for whom high co-pays and deductibles are unaffordable. Across the U.S., Americares donated enough medicine for 2.6 million prescriptions last year and made it possible for 136,000 patients like Ricky to receive medicine for free through assistance programs. Americares also helps clinics reduce the risk of diseases such as diabetes in their patients— investments that will pay off in evidence- based programs, as well as improved patient health and economic well-being for families and the community. 

The Eunice clinic receives support from the local community, as well as Americares: There are many fundraisers and the clinic is staffed by both volunteers and paid medical professionals. 

Ricky goes on to say,

“We donate to the clinic, too, when we have extra. They need to keep this place open. If it closed, they’d have people dying, ”