State rep. says CATS needs to improve healthcare access

State rep. says CATS needs to improve healthcare access
Louisiana Politics

POSTED: Thursday, January 17, 2013 - 7:00pm

UPDATED: Thursday, January 17, 2013 - 7:04pm

State representative Regina Barrow is hoping to cure a problem that makes it almost impossible for those without a car in Baton Rouge to get the healthcare they need quickly.

"This is unacceptable to me and we have to make sure that our vulnerable population can have access to primary care," says state representative Regina Barrow.

So she decided to hop on a CATS bus at Earl K. Long Hospital and see how long it would take her to get to the new Woman's Hospital. This included walking the last mile and a half from the closest bus stop to Woman's Hospital. And while on her two-hour journey she ran into an elderly woman who made her realize why what she was doing was so important.

"She could not walk on her walker all the way to Woman's from here and she had to cancel her appointment," states Barrow.

"I didn't realize it was that far from the nearest bus station. That is inconvenient," says Carissa Muller.

And people here in Baton Rouge support finding an easier way to get people without a vehicle to Woman's hospital. They're just not sure that Barrow's idea of a trolley is the right way to go.

"I think they could expand on the bus route for that population," says Muller.

And while Barrow says there's no money available now for this type of transportation. She says it needs to be found as quickly as possible, so that no other elderly people need to cancel their appointments because they can't get to woman's hospital

"The state is moving in the direction of trying to make sure that we are affording and making sure that people have access to primary care. Then this is certainly one of those fundamentals," states Barrow.

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