Health Care Cuts In The East

By: Christine Kennedy
By: Christine Kennedy

It appears to be a difficult future ahead for one health department in the east.

Jones County Health Officials said Monday at a commissioner meeting that without a primary-care provider available 40 hours a week, the department would likely not generate enough revenue to keep current staff levels.

Grace Clinic which shared staff with and was located at the Health Department in Trenton closed last week leaving self-pay patients who are under insured or uninsured with fewer medical provider options.

So a doctor familiar with the former Grace Clinic and the health care problems in Jones County has stepped in until a more permanent solution can be implemented.

Uninsured or under insured patients can also travel to New Bern and use the Merci Clinic, but Jones County Health Officials say that would be only a short term solution.

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  • by JP on Jul 8, 2009 at 08:26 AM
    I agree with the previous poster. It's a shame we can provide top-notch care for prisoners, but can't take care of hard working rural folks.
  • by Mike Location: Edenton on Jul 8, 2009 at 03:37 AM
    Times are tough on everyone. I wonder how many doctors or nurse practitioners are in prison. Here's an idea to take to the politicians and courts. Allow health care professionals in prison go on work release to these rural clinics, keep them locked up in the county jail, and pay them 50 bucks a week. We could also put them to work in prison caring for their fellow inmates to save money. Just account for the scalpels.

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