Access & Cost of All Health Care
In Franklin County, the ratio of Primary Care Providers (PCP) to population is 4100:1, barely a quarter of the state’s rate. Benton County’s rate of 1470:1 is closer but still behind Washington State’s rate of 1220:1. One young person (age 12-18) in four has not seen a doctor in the past year. LGBTQ+ youth are even more likely not to have seen a doctor in the past 12 months.
Benton (470:1) and Franklin (780:1) Counties fare a little better when it comes to Mental Health providers, but are still behind the Washington State rate of 310:1.
We conducted a series of focus groups and 1:1 interviews with stakeholders. Here’s what we learned about our community:
Access and Cost of
Provider to population ratios Timeliness and Provider availability Cost of care, even with insurance.
- Stakeholders identified gaps in medical care for veterans, people who identify as LGBTQ+ and those who are undocumented.
- Not enough specialists, leading to long waits for appointments, coupled with a need for more flexible clinic hours.
- Both stakeholders and community groups cited a need for more specialists and services for older adults, especially those who are living alone in their homes.
- Community members asked for more flexible income requirements for both medical and dental financial support.
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