DHEC says it is dedicating time and vaccines to rural areas--something a team has been saying it would do for months. Part of that push is required by legislation, but a new allocation method could help rural areas even more.
By Jill Riepenhoff, Daniela Molina, Jamie Grey and Lee Zurik
In nearly every Appalachian and Delta community, residents die on average before their 78th birthday, which is the average life expectancy in the United States. Health care providers are working on innovative ways to combat the unique disparities in the regions.
WBTV looked over DHEC’s newest demographics database. WBTV could not find specific breakdowns on how many eligible White and Black South Carolinians there are. The gap could close when more people become eligible, but right now, DHEC says there is a racial discrepancy in the numbers.
The Health Resources and Services Administration classifies geographic areas as medically underserved based on them having too few primary care doctors, a high infant mortality rate, high poverty or a high elderly population.