Closing the Gap: Small Healthcare Providers Need Relief During Crises
Ensuring access to quality healthcare is an ongoing concern for many communities, especially during times of crisis and disaster. While large hospital chains receive the bulk of government relief and aid, smaller healthcare clinics and practices are often left behind and struggle to stay afloat.
According to a recent survey by The Physicians Foundation, 49% of healthcare clinics reported a decrease in income during the COVID-19 pandemic, and 68% of independent physicians saw a more drastic decrease compared to those employed by a hospital or health system. The challenges these small businesses face during times of crisis can often lead to permanent closures, creating oversaturation in the hospital(s) and severely reducing access to healthcare.
This is where the Healthcare Sustainability and Relief Effort (HSRE) comes in. As a nationwide organization, our mission is to address the gap in disaster assistance by providing long-term support to small healthcare organizations affected by regional and national disasters, including COVID-19.
At HSRE, we don’t just wait for applications, we actively mobilize when disasters occur and make it easy for small healthcare organizations to apply for our services and resources. We take the stress and confusion out of the process of seeking disaster relief and provide personalized assistance, educational guidance, and consulting services for complete and sustainable recovery.
Join us in our mission to ensure that every community has access to quality healthcare, regardless of the size of their local healthcare providers. Make a donation to support our efforts today.
The Physicians Foundation. (n.d.). Survey on the Medical Profession. [Data file]. Retrieved from https://www.physiciansfoundation.org/publications/physician-survey/