PHOENIX— Valley residents who need to get to the doctor’s office after a serious injury have one less thing to worry about: how they are going to get there.
A recent study published by the National Center for Biotechnology Information shows that a lack of reliable transportation may lead to an absence of regular medical care and missed medical appointments. For people who have recently had a serious injury, this could mean the difference between one getting back on their feet and one who is permanently on the sideline.
Envoy America, a transportation company that provides door-to-door driving service and companionship to seniors for a small-hourly fee, has teamed up with Continuum Advanced Healthcare, a local multi-specialty healthcare center started by former Phoenix Suns player and coach Frank Johnson, to provide alternative transportation to patients who have been seriously injured in an accident (auto or work,) and as such need orthopedic care, surgery or injections.
By partnering together, these two valley companies are solving a pressing problem.
Innovators K.C. Kanaan and Scott Herron came together to develop a way to combat the transportation barrier faced by patients who have just suffered an injury that takes away their ability to drive. Their creative thinking and resulting partnership is leading to “exceptional service.”
Many lower-income adults who sustain a serious injury find themselves in a difficult situation because they no longer have the ability to drive or take public transportation. Often times, they can’t afford insurance that covers transportation to doctors’ visits. They also have a hard time affording taxis or ride-sharing services, because the cost of transportation to their appointments adds up significantly over time.
In 2013, a study published in the Journal of Community Health found that due to a lack of transportation, 25 percent of lower-income patients have missed or rescheduled their appointments. Patients who had transportation issues said they missed filling prescriptions more than twice as often as patients who had reliable transportation.
"As a former NBA player and coach, I know a little something about injuries and accidents,” Johnson said. “Continuum has what it takes to get you back to work - and play!”
Seniors are also among a population who will see a significant benefit because of this service. According to a recent report published by Transportation for America, 56 percent of all seniors between the ages of 65 and 79 in the Phoenix metropolitan area have poor transportation options. The NCBI study also states that 3–21 percent of seniors recently reported having transportation barriers which affected their medical care.
We have low cost transportation options available to you! Please have your attorney contact us for further information.