Health Care At A Crossroads In Rural Georgia

Oct 9, 2018

A startling number of children eligible for Medicaid or PeachCare in Georgia still don’t have insurance coverage, a recent study has found. Another reason kids don’t see doctors as often as they should is also a factor for adults: access. It’s not just cost, but the lack of physicians, especially in rural Georgia.

Dr. Karen Kinsell is the only medical doctor in Clay County, a community of about 3,000 people south of Columbus and west of Albany. She joined us on the line from her clinic in Fort Gaines. Karen Lawrence, a community organizer at the Southwest Georgia Project for Community Education, also joined us. She helps educate families and individuals about their health care options. They spoke of a health care crisis brewing in rural Georgia.