The first Sunday in June, thousands of people gather to observe National Cancer Survivors Day. According to the National Survivors Day Foundation, National Cancer Survivors Day is “a celebration for those who have survived, an inspiration for those recently diagnosed, a gathering of support for families, and an outreach to the community.” With an estimated 1,735,350 new cases diagnosed in the U.S. last year alone, a day dedicated to spreading awareness, preventing, treating, and beating cancer is more important now than ever before.

Unfortunately, according to a recent study conducted by the Health Care Cost Institute, prices continue to inhibit people seeking cancer care. The average cost of healthcare for an individual hit an all-time high with an increase of 4.2% year over year (a total of nearly 18 percent from 2013–2018). While these rising prices are frustrating on their own, it gets worse. The overall utilization of services only grew by 0.2%. This means that Americans are paying more money for less or the same amount of provided services.

While this is a conundrum that affects men, women, and children all across the country, those living with disabilities have a significantly harder time affording the care. Fortunately, all of us here at Disability Help Center have San Ysidro Health, a non-profit organization that provides quality, low-cost primary healthcare to South Bay & Central/Southeastern San Diego residents.

Originally established along the border in 1969, San Ysidro Health was founded by seven women in search of medical services for their children. Now, 50 years later, it provides innovative services to nearly 97,000 patients through a vast and integrated network of 34 program sites across San Diego County. This network includes medical and dental clinics, behavioral health centers, HIV centers, WIC nutrition centers, school-based health centers, chiropractic services, pediatric developmental clinics, teen clinics, and a senior health center. In short, San Ysidro Health has something to help everyone.

If the rising cost of healthcare services has you feeling frustrated and anxious, or if you or someone you know is struggling with a disability, don’t hesitate to reach out to our advocates here at Disability Help Center. We can get you in touch with someone in the healthcare field who can get you the care you need at a price you can afford.


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