Care Of Diverse Patient Populations in Knox, NY

This week, I looked at the care of diverse populations within Knox. Specifically, I focused on the factors that influence the patients’ access to care and how they receive care.

In a previous post, I talked about the demographics of Knox; but I wanted to mention these demographics briefly because they explain the types of patients found within Knox.


99.2% of Knox’s population is white; the other 0.8% is reported at “other.” My family is Afghani-American and my cousins are West African-American. A total of 8 of us who have an ethnicity/race other than Caucasian make up a decent percent within that 0.8% “other” race category.

As far as age groups go, 24.6% of the population are under 20. The next largest age group is middle age (40-60), which makes up 41.4% of the population.

Insurance coverage

Figure 13 breaks down types of insurance by age group. The majority of people are covered by employer-paid insurance. The 65+ age group is covered my Medicare almost entirely.

The median age of Knox is 40.5, but when broken down to age categories, the majority of the residents here are middle-aged with children. There is a relatively low number of those in their 20s, about 13% and even lower are senior citizens (9%). 

Challenges That Came With The COVID-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused many challenges in regards to providing care to older patients. Since COVID-19 poses an inherently greater risk to the elderly and those with pre-existing conditions, there is rightful caution when leaving the home. The CDC reported excess deaths associated, but not caused by, COVID-19.

In wanting to avoid an increase risk of exposure to the virus, people are not going to the hospital for things they normally would in hopes to decrease possible exposure. I think this is a tricky scenario because there is absolutely a greater probability of coming in contact when one goes into public places, especially one where sick people go to when they are not feeling well (hospitals, doctors offices etc.)

However, at a certain point there will be more harm done by staying at home because one may need medical treatment. It comes down to a cost-benefit analysis: is the increased risk of COVID-19 worth getting medical care for another illness.

Hospitals in the area

If one does decide to seek medical care, the following hospitals
are in the surrounding are (all are approximately 30 minutes away):

Between these seven options of hospitals, one has a fair amount of flexibility when choosing a facility best for themselves (or a loved one). This is, of course, dependent on insurance coverage and ability to get to the hospitals. However, given one can overcome these two barriers, the hospitals have a good ability to care for a diverse array of patients.