I have been a practicing RN for the past five years. I am also a consumer of public health services. My experiences have taught me an important lesson: despite reform efforts, health care disparities continue to exist in urban populations. This is especially true amongst the underinsured and uninsured.
As both a consumer and practitioner in free clinics and health centers in Philadelphia, I can attest to the disparities in access and quality of care that continue to exist. I recently left an abusive relationship in Harrisburg, PA and am in the process of securing housing and health insurance for myself. To compound upon these issues, I require daily medications and treatments for chronic illnesses, which without I cannot live or function properly, let alone work. I rely on public health services. (more…)