% of Adults that Report Transportation as a Problem Meeting Health Needs for their Families
The last time his mother had to forfeit a half day of her hourly-wage to hop a bus and a transfer to pick him up early from school, his appendix almost burst. This time it was just his 103°F fever. However, his school’s new Principal used her part-time job to make a full-time difference. She doesn’t quite have as much time to Uber as she used to, but her first order of business upon being hired was to guilt all the ride-share companies in town (including those ones that offer those safe rides to bar patrons on weekends) to provide on-call, emergency lifts to parents of school-aged children who have transportation limitations. Mom was almost in luck. But this time, Boss wasn’t accepting mom’s preemptive “doctor’s note,” and told her if she left she was fired. Well, she chose her son, of course, and made it to the school in time to see and assess her son’s resultant sinus infection … just by looking at him. Her own prior life as a triage P.A. (before the market oversaturated and she took a job in sales) came in handy. So handy, that the school principal was impressed. So impressed, that she offered his mother the vacant school nurse position she’d been trying to fill. Complete with benefits. (223/300 words - 11 Sentences)
In a tiny town in New Mexico, a man needs dialysis. The dialysis center is two hours away. He and his wife used to have a car, but it recently broke down and the repairs are beyond their budget. Their insurance provides medical transportation, but it does to allow escorts, such as his wife, to ride along with him. During the ride, the man has a seizure.
The driver has no what do do and begins to panic. Fortunately, the man recovers and explains to the driver that usually, his wife comes with him to assist him during episodes. The driver asks why the wife did not come with him. The man explains that the insurance does not allow escorts, like his wife, to come with him on the shuttle service.
The driver tells his boss about the situation, how the driver did not know what to do, how the man could have died, and the potential liability for the company. The driver’s boss considers what he has just learned and presented a solution to his company’s board of directors. The proposal is to allow escorts for the patients to ride along on the shuttle service.
Within one month the policy was changed, and the man and his wife can now confidently make it to doctors appointments. (217)