How Mobile Medical Clinics Bring Care to Vulnerable Communities

Two medical doctors are driving in their mobile medical clinic van

LAs the U.S. healthcare system reevaluates it’s care delivery system to provide better accessibility and improved patient health outcomes; there is one area of medical care that is becoming popular. Mobile health clinics are exactly how they sound. Instead of visiting a doctor’s office or health center to receive care, patients can get quick, efficient care on the go. With such an untraditional way for patients to seek medical attention, local governments have been launching policies to regulate mobile clinics. Agenda Discovery lets you track important legislation regarding mobile clinics and their new laws. 

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Mobile Clinics Promote Accessibility for Communities

According to a CDC report from 2016, 17 percent of patients don’t have regular access to a healthcare provider. People who don’t have health insurance, who are low-income, or experience homelessness are primarily the ones affected by the lack of access. This leaves millions of people without the proper health care necessary for preventive or primary care. 

Mobile medical clinics become a resource for those affected by a lack of access to healthcare. Decades ago, mobile health clinics drove onto the scene to provide health services at no-cost for those in need. By bringing their services to vulnerable populations, these medical clinics fill in the health care gaps of those individuals’ lives.


Mobile Medical Clinic Provide A Variety of Services

Many medical clinics will specialize in certain areas of healthcare. Whether it be dental work, a wellness check, or urgent care, mobile health clinics can be flexible in the services they provide to meet the needs of their target communities. 

For example, in 2016 Flint, Michigan was declared to be in a state of emergency due to lead contamination in the city’s water supply. In response to the spike of health care needs and low healthcare accessibility of children affected by the crisis, the Children’s Health Fund partnered with Hurley’s Children Clinic provided mobile health clinics to the area. 


How Local Governments Regulate Mobile Medical Clinics

The laws and regulations vary depending on the state and medical practice. For instance, California requires all medical practitioners to obtain a mobile clinic permit and must have an on-site inspection before approval, amongst other things. In Arizona, Dental providers are the only practitioners who have regulations such as an annual fee and a mobile clinic permit.


Keep Up-to-Date with Healthcare Regulations using Agenda Discovery

If you are a mobile medical clinic it’s important to stay up-to-date on healthcare trends and local government policies that can impact your business. By making Agenda Discovery your go-to resource, you can keep an active role in policies affecting your business. Stay informed, request a demo of Agenda Discovery today!

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