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Frequently Asked Questions

If Med to One patients live in countries with Socialized Medical care, why do they need medicine from Med to One?

A country like Peru is simply not able to meet the needs of its people. The countries of Latin America simply do not have enough money, so the medical systems are woefully under-funded. One study from 1990 found that Peru spent just $18 US per capita on public health. Even if you adjust for inflation and exchange rates, that is a ridiculously low number for a “socialized” health care system.
Additionally, medicine is not paid for by the government, except in emergency care situations, or for the very young. It is just one more burden the government can’t shoulder. So a prescription is often worth no more than the paper it’s written on to the impoverished patients.

What is involved in Med to One support?

Med to One patients receive visits from a med to one coordinator each month.  AT that visit, the med to one coordinator asks them if they’ve been taking their medication, if they have been feeling well with the current dosages, etc.  If a patient has not been feeling well, or has had seizures, etc. the Med to One coordinator will advise them to go to a local doctor to get a new prescription or have more tests.  Med to One will pay for the cost of additional tests, and the Med to One coordinator will often accompany the patient to the doctor’s office.  Med to One coordinators are not trained medical personnel. If the medicine has been working well, the Med to One coordinator will give them their medication.  Med to one coordinators are able to purchase medicine from the local economy at pharmacies, as there is no requirement to have a prescription in order to purchase medicine; all that’s required is money.

What kinds of conditions qualify a patient for Med to One? 

Any condition that requires long-term or chronic care, including, but not limited to: 

  • Diabetes
  • Epilepsy
  • Heart Conditions
  • Parkinson

Who are the patients?

 Med to One supports impoverished patients with chronic conditions that are generally found through three specific means.  The first is during medical missions of organizations like MMI (Medical Ministry International) or Team Healthcare, with whom Med to One has a mutual relationship.  The second way is through recommendations of local church parishes.  The third means is through recommendations from patients already supported by Med to One. After finding a new candidate for Med to One, the patients need to pass medical and economic qualifications, with the goal of ensuring that Med to One support goes to the patients with the most need

Where does Med to One Serve?

Med to One currently provides support in Peru, in both Lima and Arequipa.  In each city there is a coordinator that meets with the patients monthly to give their medication, pray with the patients, and verify the health of the patient.  In the coming year, we hope to expand to Bolivia. 

Does Med to One have Doctors?

Med to One has a medical doctor on its board of directors.  It does not have or need doctors in the communities it serves.  Instead, Med to One requires each of its patients to have an updated diagnosis and prescription which can be obtained from a local doctor.  Seeing a doctor in Latin America’s socialized health care system is generally not difficult.  The difficult part is obtaining the recommended medicine.  If a patient needs a test to verify a condition like epilepsy, Med to One will support the cost of the test. 

What is required to set up a new Med to One location?

Med to One requires a coordinator from the local community, and also requires a periodic visit by a medical missions team.  Once a coordinator is selected, he or she will attend medical missions and being supporting patients with chronic conditions who are identified during the mission trips.