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Condición Crítica

With Dr. Elmer Huerta

Free and low-cost health community clinics are available nationwide for people who cannot afford coverage. One such clinic is Proyecto Salud in Maryland, which has seen its client base grow by the thousands this past decade. International medical travel is an option—a trend growing in popularity for many Hispanics due to cost savings, language, and cultural reasons. Dr. Huerta explains the importance of researching the quality of doctors and hospitals before making a decision to receive medical care overseas.

About Condición Crítica

Condición Crítica is an hour-long television special that brings attention to disparities in health status and health care in the Hispanic community and the importance of prevention. The show tells the personal stories of Hispanics who live with disease and chronic health problems; struggle to pay for their medications or medical bills; do not have the luxury of visiting a doctor when they have a pain that might be the sign of something more serious; and have "fallen through the cracks" because, though insured, their out-of-pocket medical costs are too high. The show also highlights some of the people and organizations that are serving those in need and the growing trend of travelling overseas for medical care.

The show is hosted by Dr. Elmer Huerta, a renowned specialist in prevention. Other nationally recognized experts in the show include:

  • Dr. Maria Rosa, National Council of La Raza
  • Yanira Cruz, President, National Hispanic Council on Aging
  • Dr. Ciro Sumaya, National Hispanic Medical Association
  • Dr. Eduardo Sanchez, Partnership on Prevention
  • Dr. Annette Ramirez, Latinos for National Health Insurance

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