Tell Us How Fuel Costs Affect Healthcare

Tuesday, July 1st, 2008
This post was written by Melanie Matthews

Like everyone else, healthcare is feeling the pinch from rising fuel prices.

A new study released last week by the National Association for Home Care & Hospice’s (NAHC) Foundation for Hospice and Homecare found that nurses, therapists and home care aides who serve chronically ill elderly and disabled patients drive nearly 5 billion miles each year and that escalating gasoline prices are threatening their ability to reach patients, particularly in rural areas.

In some parts of the country, organizations like Meals on Wheels whose volunteer drivers are balking at gas prices, have had to reduce services or cancel them entirely.

According to the Auto Pulse survey conducted by the Consumer Reports National Research Center, 24 percent of respondents have cut back on essentials like food or healthcare in order to cover prices at the pump.

How is your healthcare organization coping with rising energy costs? Take our monthly e-survey on Energy Costs and Healthcare by July 31 and receive a free e-summary of the results. We’re also offering a $50 gas card for the best and most cost-efficient strategy for coping with high energy costs.

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