“Understanding our culture and respecting it brings trust. Providers like Dr. Gillis are great this way.”
As told by Rachel, Amanda, Rosanne and Edna
Members of the local Amish community use the ThedaCare healthcare services for many reasons. The Rural Health Initiative responds to questions and sets up care in the home if needed, such as blood pressure checks, or patient assistance for prescribed medications.
Midwives are valuable to the pregnant women who deliver at home or at the hospital and family physicians including Drs. Beth Gillis and Kathy Qualheim help with preventative care and may also deliver babies. Several rely on local chiropractors for their care too.
A hired driver assists with many of the errands and healthcare needs.
The Amish don’t have insurance, and pay in cash or barter for services, which influences the decision if hospital care is needed. Family doctors provide the members options and advises them on their options. The family and the Amish community jointly make the decision.