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Letter: Transportation Aid for Patients

To the Editor:

Transportation should not be an impediment to having a necessary medical procedure — a challenge identified by Jeff Smith in his July 7 letter, “One Obstacle to Health Care.” Patients over 60 should:

∎ Ask the hospital or provider for assistance with transportation; most hospitals in the area have people who will help make arrangements.

∎ Ask your local senior center.

∎ Ask Volunteers in Action for the Mt. Ascutney area at 802-674-5971.

∎ Ask Senior Solutions in Vermont at 800-642-5119.

∎ Ask Current, which is operated by Connecticut River Transit (for a suggested donation of $3).

In addition to the organizations noted, there are others, as well as individuals, who would be very willing to help. The operative word is “ask.” Be your own advocate or find someone who will be.

John M. Brand

South Woodstock

Chaplain, Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center


Letter: One Obstacle to Health Care

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

To the Editor: Some medical procedures these days are performed on an outpatient basis. On occasion, it requires the patient to arrange to bring someone to escort them home. However, some of us don’t have someone reliable to come along, which means not having the procedure. I’ve tried explaining things, but my words have fallen on deaf ears. It is …