Posted by Lisa Strawbridge - email
(WTOL) - It's affordable. It's confidential. For 70 years, Planned Parenthood of Northwest Ohio has served a portion of the population needing gynecological care.
In the last year, that population has grown. "We've experienced a 23% increase from January through June in poverty-level clients requiring subsidies," said Lisa Perks, the CEO of Planned Parenthood Ohio.
The government defines 100% poverty level at $14,560 annually for a family of two or $22,048 for a family of four.
The 23% increase in patients represents 825 more visits being made by people who are just recently fitting into this category. "These are low income, very needy patients who often have no insurance, might be between school or work, might be in school, might be recently laid off, and have no form of health care," said Perks.
A total of 75% of patients at Planned Parenthood of Northwest Ohio fit into this category. The other 25% represents a growing trend emerging in this tough economy: women who have an income and have insurance, but just can't afford regular care.
So they're seeking out services from Planned Parenthood who boasts care at 70% of market cost.
As the health-care debate wages on, organizations like this will continue to battle for reasonable care for all patients feeling the pinch.