Mobile health clinics (MHCs) serve the entire range of at risk populations around the world; from disenfranchised African-Americans with diabetes - to the homeless - to children living in rural environments who lack health insurance - to indigenous communities - to isolated and impoverished people in the Middle East. Sometimes MHCs are the provider of last resort when mainstream healthcare fails to engender trust in a community or in areas where there are not any accessible health provider services.
If you only have 5 percent of the healthcare market in your service area, imagine if you edged up just 1 point to 6 percent. That is 20 percent growth for your FQHC or hospital. Consider a mid-sized hospital system with $350 million in revenues, that 20 percent growth is a significant $70 million.
Mobile Medical Units, often referred to as Mobile Health Clinics or MHCs, provide innovative and flexible healthcare delivery to vulnerable, rural, urban and generally underserved populations. Though often misunderstood, and sometimes not fully utilized, mobile health units can provide continuity of care in a number of ways, including:
Mobile medical clinics are customized vehicles which typically travel to urban and rural communities, many times targeting underserved low-income and minority populations who have a disproportionate burden of ill health and would benefit the most from the care provided to them by a mobile clinic. Other mobile units offer pediatric services at schools for immunizations, asthma screening, vision screening, and more. Most times, the goal is to deliver primary care for people who don’t have a healthcare home, or who cannot or will not seek preventive care. In the school setting, healthcare professionals can spot problems that parents don’t see. Mobile clinics are an integral component of the broader healthcare systems throughout the world, serving vulnerable populations and promoting high-quality care at low cost in the Americas, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Ukraine and beyond.