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Centra holds event in hopes of breaking down healthcare barriers

Centra held its its first Community Voices event in Lynchburg on Tuesday where residents voiced healthcare concerns before a medical panel. (Photo: WSET)

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) -- Access to medical care and rising costs are taking a toll on patients from children to seniors.

Centra held its its first Community Voices event in Lynchburg on Tuesday where residents voiced healthcare concerns before a medical panel.

Betty Kain, a local resident, knows all too well about the challenges with healthcare. She works those on fixed incomes through Diamond Hill Health and Wellness Community Services.

"Sometimes they don't even get the medication or they don't take the medication as it is prescribed, they try to do with less," she said.

President and CEO of Centra Health, E.W. Tibbs Jr. said their goal for the night was to create conversation and learning.

While the goal is to break down the barriers in healthcare, many are wondering if there are any solutions in sight.

"We talked about wellness, we talked about prevention, we talked about how to ensure appropriate coverage," Tibbs said.

It has been mentioned that lack of competition drives up medical costs in the Lynchburg area. Others disagree.

"There's competition locally, there's competition regionally. If you look at the access points in Lynchburg, I would venture frankly there's at least equal, if not a higher number of non-Centra access points," said Tibbs.

Health officials shared that there is hope for hope for healthcare barriers.

"It's all about the consumer and us learning how to be more consumer-centric and more consumer-friendly," Tibbs said.

Both Centra officials and residents agreed that there conversations should and will continue to hopefully bring more solutions.

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