HealthTran aims to curb transportation barriers

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“A new program in Northwest Missouri aims to help patients get to their doctor’s appointments.

An estimated 25 percent of missed doctor’s appointments are due to not having a ride, according to the Missouri Rural Health Association. The organization created HealthTran as a way to coordinate rides for patients who need them. The program started in southern Missouri and now has expanded into Andrew and Buchanan counties.

‘Rural Missouri is unique and every community is different,” said Mary Gordon, HealthTran manager with Missouri Rural Health Association. “People are literally dying in their homes because they are not getting where they need to go. We’re the richest country in the world and people can’t get a ride to the doctor. I’m really passionate about this.'”

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