SIX BENEFITS OFFERED BY MOBILE HEALTHCARE CLINICS

Opinion Piece

SIX BENEFITS OFFERED BY MOBILE HEALTHCARE CLINICS

Mobile health clinics by their very nature are commissioned to provide access to even the remotest of areas in any country’s landscape. But often these innovative marvels face a barrage of stigmas and are seen as being subpar to the clinics and hospitals found in urban areas. People’s poor perceptions of mobile clinics are often based on misinformation.

 

Innovo Mobile Healthcare shares six benefits of mobile healthcare.
Availability

Through the type of cutting-edge technology that mobile healthcare clinics have on offer, these units are able to deliver on-demand types of care and interventions in various fields such as endoscopy, x-ray/ultrasound and CT scans, ophthalmology, orthopaedics, urology as well as general surgery. It is no secret that early detection can assist in addressing the spread of communicable diseases and those related to lifestyle behaviours; more importantly early detection saves lives. In most cases, people do not know how seriously sick they are and so avoid making the long trip to the local clinic until it is too late.

Convenient Locations

Mobile clinics can ensure that more people have primary and diagnostic healthcare brought closer to their homes, whether they live in towns, townships, informal settlements or rural areas. The convenience of a mobile unit to be at any location ensures no citizen is left without access to healthcare.     

Accessibility

Communities in remote areas have long been without access to quality healthcare due to the historic spatial planning that placed them outside of city centres and business hubs. Mobile healthcare addresses these barriers by offering everyone access to quality healthcare.  In the five years in which Innovo Mobile Healthcare has been operating, it has provided over 47,000 clinical services and treatments, with more than 33,457 patients registered. These treatments include 7,621 HIV tests, 7,355 dental patients seen, with 3,340 eye tests conducted and 9,500 medical male circumcisions completed. In addition, other mobile clinics have provided up to 18,000 mammograms, 25,000 cataract surgeries and 48,000 endoscopes.

Quality

Mobile healthcare clinics are subject to the same regulations of compliance and quality assurance as hospitals and clinics. Mobile clinics are further exposed to both internal and external audit processes by the Department of Health and Office of the Health Ombudsman. These regulations ensure patients of mobile clinics receive the same level of quality care from professional medical practitioners.

Comprehensive Care

Contrary to popular belief, mobile clinics are as well-equipped as some doctors’ consulting rooms and clinics. Meaning patients receive comprehensive primary healthcare such as consultation, testing, treatment, to cervical and breast cancer screenings and a myriad of clinical services without having to seek out district hospitals.

Shared Benefits

Delivering affordable healthcare at a community level can prove to be very difficult. This is especially true for communities that reside outside of urban areas. Mobile health clinics are a clear solution to this double-edged problem. Firstly, the infrastructure of these units can be shared by multiple communities, thereby also sharing costs. Secondly, mobile clinics bring healthcare to those who need it, even those in remote/rural areas.

With over 45 million people dependent on public hospitals, district and central hospitals can often become over-burdened. Mobile healthcare clinics are an immediate solution to providing quality, affordable healthcare to all types of communities. 

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