'In speaking of health care fOr migrants, three pointls need emphasis:. Availability. quality -,pOntinuity With regard to availability; the Palm Beach County Health Department has done an .excellent job with the-liMit.-, ed amount of designated for the prOgramhowever, more , personnel are needed and somemeans. to provide for payment of hospitaliietion before a person developi into an emergency case. In order 'to provide trUlybomprehensive°- careto themigrent Population; more Facilities are needed, but. above everything else ve,Sheuid have better coordina- tionat'the.National and State levels ofthemoneland ef* fort being deVated to migrant health. PrOgraMdcare-teing funded through H.E.W., 0.EX., the Department -of Cbtmerce" : and through the Office of EddeatiOn. EaCh seems -too approach the-problem as ifthey were-the may ones in the business. Tha:most good could be done by .expanding and iMproving. the.- programs thgt have beenpPerating'in the health field, for a long time . 0 4Nr 6 With regard to quality, I feel that impro nts in facilitiee.and in numbers,of professional peoPie.ehould result in better quality but they ebouldbeJpeopie who are committed to full -time duty in PrOVidinghealth care for the migrants. When we speak of.migrants4W:eTretalliinig. aboutTA Populationthatrequires a lot,of'underStanding; They have many needs in addition to health, such as educe,. tionand social handicaps. They-need:to be talight how to take care of themselves.I.- 7 . . If availability and quality are iMProved', thAn'contin- uity Will improve, but great iffiprovementpanbe brought
about by provision of some kind of health insurance that will cover the cost of care when the migrant is out of the area where health projects operate. In testimony I piepared for the President's Committee on Health Education, I said that the 'Migrant ies the most displaced and undefined person there is i.s.e is labeled as a migrant,,a seasonal farm worker,. a nen4-migrant and 14* a general nobody. label, him as a person :Who truly needs help.
66 Senator STEVENSON. The next witness on thii panel is Olga Villa, who has worked with mi ants in Florida and Texas and I un a so in i io, c gang I rnois, ani isconsm. Ms. Villa, do you have a statement? Do you want to read it, or summarize it Ms. VILLA. I would like to express some thoughts off the top of my head before I go into the prepared statement. With the growing level of consciousness and identity of farm workers themselves across the country, we will see many reactions, many reactionary Measures taken in funding the programs, and I am talking about consumer pro- grams. I am specifically talking about consumers in boards that are so desperately and critically needed to go along with the migrant health programs. If we are talking about self determination and not .raking them empty words, keep this in mind as I am reading this statement, and also my statement is going to take you into another area of the country. Many people have read about it. Many people have spoken about it. Many people haye visited this part of the country, the Midwest.
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- Human migration, Migrant worker, Sellator KENNEDY