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Problem getting health care in Lee County

April 3, 2013
Lehigh Acres Citizen

To the editor:

In response an opinion piece in the local media titled "Nowhere to Go."

It appears that the writer lives in North. Fort Myers and was having problems with health care. First, he did not have health insurance, and second he had difficulty getting a physician.

The writer is not alone. We have more than 30 million uninsured in America and many like the writer have health problems. Finding a doctor in America is increasingly difficult if you are uninsured or underinsured.

As a result, we have hundreds die every day for lack of medical care. Every day we have thousands of Americans passing away after seeing a physician (emergency room or hospital) because of the inability to get a physician for follow-up care, run out of medications, etc. This is an enormous burden on our society both in resources and cost of care.

The individual (writer) seems to blame LMHS for the disparity of care in Lee County. However, I know that LMHS is working hard to bring physicians and services to areas of need in Lee County. I believe last year they were instrumental in working with the Salvation Army to bring it's clinic to North Fort Myers. He certainly could visit that clinic or call LMHS and inquire about help with the problem.

The cost of health care continues to climb and the number of uninsured or underinsured continues to increase. This burden of care becomes more tragic. Many physicians refuse to see this segment of the population, and care then falls upon the dwindling numbers of primary care physicians.

The ACA attempted to alleviate much of these problems. The prospects are good that we can have affordable, efficient, quality, widely available health care with less cost. Yet many in our government see it as a liability to them. They tell lies and spread hate to secure their re-electability.

In addition the ACA proposed increasing primary care physicians, at the same time making care management more efficient with a team based approach. The Medical Home could add proactive facilitation, care managers along with the medical information technology and patient information technology to assist with good patient care.

We need to move health care forward in Lee County and in America. Please tell your Congress, governor and legislature to step out of the way and join you, the people of Florida, in improving our health care.

Lewis Robinson, M.D.

Fort Myers



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