Natural Disasters

Natural disasters can destroy our economy… and wreak havoc on the health of our communities. Listen to the message above from BCBSTX President Dr. Dan McCoy about health trends we saw in our data after Hurricane Harvey hit Southeast Texas.

For more information about the health impact of Harvey, check out our Blue Promise discussion. You can listen in podcast form on Apple Podcasts or SoundCloud.

 You can also read this TribTalk or this article from Making the Health Care System Work.

Show Transcript

Natural disasters can destroy our economy…and wreak havoc on the health of our communities.

After hurricane Harvey, the number of cases for P-T-S-D nearly doubled in some counties.  

Substance abuse also increased as well as the number of people diagnosed with an infectious or parasitic disease.

And accessing a doctor can be harder after a natural disaster too.

Think about it:  if the doctor’s office is even open, can you get there when the roads are closed?

One thing that could help is a virtual visit – or tele-medicine.

If you have a cell phone, tablet or a computer, you can talk directly with a health care provider whenever or wherever you need.

It worked for hurricane Harvey victims… the number of virtual visits doubled in impacted counties.

So before the next natural disaster strikes, check to see if you have access to telemedicine.

I’m Dr. Dan McCoy, President of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas. For more information about the health impact of Harvey, look for the podcast at bcbstx.com/bluepromise.

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