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Bridging the Healthcare Gap: Satellite Clinics for Improving Access to ACHD Care

by Whitney Pack, BSN, RN on Wednesday, Nov 07, 2018

Let’s face it, not all patients want to travel to see a doctor, regardless of their diagnosis or symptoms.

In adult congenital heart disease (ACHD), it is estimated that more than 40% of patients live more than two hours away from an ACHD center. One of the most important obstacles we face is getting the affected patients in the door to receive care. Some patients never transitioned to adult care after they got “too old” for their pediatric cardiologist, some think they have been “fixed,” some lack insurance, some think seeing a general cardiologist is sufficient, and many lack the knowledge of how important it is to see an ACHD-trained physician.

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