Why Should Someone Have to Choose?
I recently had coffee with a patient of ours who recounted what her pre-InterFaith days were like. As she was sharing her story with me, she made this statement and it stopped me in my tracks. “Missy, before InterFaith I had to ask myself—Do I eat or do I go to the doctor?” Now I have spent some time with several of our patients over the last year since being here, but had never quite heard the struggle of what our patients experience put quite like that.
We finished our coffee and I left there with that phrase rolling over and over in my mind. It impacted me so much that I put it on this post it note (pictured here) and put it up in my office, ‘lest I ever have a bad day and forget that what we do here--it really matters to people.
For those that do have insurance, scheduling a routine doctor’s visit or having to see a specialist for something out of the ordinary, can often feel more like a nuisance than the luxury it really is. Finding the time to go to the doctor amidst family schedules, work schedules, and just life often feels like ‘one more thing to check off the list.’
But for many of our patients who have now found InterFaith and for the tens of thousands that still need what we do in our community, accessible and affordable health care is a life-saving and life-changing gift. This is a gift that I pray we all do our best to never take for granted. And may we share the ‘gift of InterFaith’ with everyone around us so that no one has to decide, “Do I eat, or do I go to the doctor.” With InterFaith, they can have the blessing of both.
6/19/2018 07:52:56 am
While we believe in the power of science and how it makes everything easier, in medical field even the doctors believe in divine intervention. If you believe that you will be healed, and science as well as your faith are the ground of that belief, it's going to happen at the right time! Thank you for instilling this idea to your readers, it's a sure thing that we got something from your post! I hope you'll keep doing the right thing!
6/1/2021 08:53:41 am
I want to make sure that I get the right doctor for me and my family. It makes sense that choosing the right one for us would be important. I'll be sure to choose one that has a lot of experience with medical care.
1/28/2022 02:21:06 am
It's great that you elaborated on the importance of consulting a doctor if you have insurance. After moving to our current area, my wife is hoping to find a clinic as she had a hard time going to the hospital and asked if I have any idea what is the best option to do. Thanks to this informative article I'll be sure to tell her that we can consult a well-known medical clinic as they can answer all our inquiries.
9/27/2022 03:22:34 am
You made a good point when you discussed that work schedules make it hard to find the time to go to a medical clinic. My friend wants to make sure she can schedule a routine doctor’s visit. I should advise her to look for a medical clinic that is easily accessible.
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