ALBERT LEA, Minn. (KTTC) – Access to healthcare for people living in rural communities continues to be a pressing issue due to a loss of services.
Today, Albert Lea hosted a rural healthcare roundtable moderated by state representative Peggy Bennett and a panel of experts. Community members talked about working towards possible solutions to affordable and accessible medical care.
Representative Bennett believes that the addition of MercyOne’s services to Albert Lea could help.
“I think it’s positive anytime we can get more healthcare in a community. I’m looking forward to MercyOne being here,” said Bennett. “I love Mayo being here too. I’m hoping we can figure out a balance to let this work together.”
A lack of ambulance services is a concern in Albert Lea and the surrounding areas.
The panel discussed the option of a community paramedic in Freeborn County. A community paramedic can increase access to primary care while reducing cost and use of emergency departments.