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For more than a decade now, Jewish Hospital Shelbyville has been in the proactive health business for Shelby Countians.
The hospital sponsors the Women’s Wellness Affair – the seventh edition was last week – and in June will have its annual Men’s Health Fair.
Each event is designed to illuminate good health, offer encouragement for healthy practices and, in many cases, provide free medical screenings for individuals who otherwise wouldn’t get them.
Add those efforts to the broader and spiritually based Shelby Touched Twice Clinic, and those in Shelby County who don’t have health insurance, can’t afford medical treatment or otherwise don’t take the time to pursue it have opportunities to get well and stay well.
JHS has led this movement, and we think the fact that hundreds are attracted and screened every year is far more positive than seeing an increase in the hospital’s already high patient load, an alarming percentage made up of residents who can’t afford to pay for treatment when they haveto have it.
That’s where these pro-health initiatives help all of us.
The more unpaid medical treatment that is provided, the more those costs are distributed across our overall health-care costs, insurance premiums and co-pays.
There continues a very loud argument in this country about how the national healthcare crisis should be handled, and, except for suggesting it should not be political, we don’t pretend to know the panacea for that one.
But what we are seeing through the efforts of JHS is that people need health care, and we need to find a way to help them receive it.
We appreciate what the hospital has been doing.