DR. WILLIAMS: Some of the greatest barriers that we see here in treating our patients is getting fresh groceries. Getting the
fresh meat, getting the fruits, getting the vegetables. Money to buy those same things because
it’s cheaper to buy junk than it is to actually buy healthy
food. DR. CLARKE: The second-biggest obstacle especially in our patient population is being able to afford their medications. We run into that problem a lot that patients want to take their medications but they can’t afford to. They have to decide
whether I’m gonna pay a bill and have my lights stay on or
whether or not I get my medications.
BOBBIE: I stayed on my
medication for most of those years. Within the recent years, I was not on medication for at least a year but it was due to no medical. No resources of getting at that time getting my medication. I didn’t know
where to turn. Everybody was no I don’t know or whatever so caused me not to take it the
last few years. WALLACE: I didn’t have insurance to get anything so they sent me to like a one day clinic where I could just get something for one time only and after that, I was just on my own. DR. CLARKE: And that’s why a lot love the medication programs where you can get medications for three or four dollars
for a month have helped out but in our patient population, you still
see some people that even at that low rate are still unable to afford it.
You know we have a lot of patience that are older and on a fixed incomes so we have
to look at when we are just two medications or
give the medication. Whether or not this is a medication that
they can afford and that will be available to them.