MedLaw launches at Navicent Health
MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT)- Dealing with health issues can be tough for many, especially when legal issues are involved. Navicent Health is hoping to make things easier for patients with the help of a new legal service called MedLaw.
“Many times a patient is so focused on getting well and figuring out how to pay for their care, that they may not recognize the legal obstacles they have,” said Navicent Health Attorney, Julia Magda.
Magda presented the idea of MedLaw about six months ago, and today they launched it. MedLaw is free legal service provided for patients who are low income or over the age of sixty.
“That may have to do with housing or employment, special education for children as part of our children’s hospital,” Magda said. “So the legal issues can be spotted more regularly by a professional who can then jump on those and help the patient even before they’re discharged.”
Navicent Health partnered with Mercer University School of Law and Georgia Legal Services Program to provide MedLaw for patients.
“Their treatment should not be stopped just because they have a legal barrier,” said Tara Vogel who is the first MedLaw attorney at Navicent Health. “So we’re hoping to remove those barriers so that people can receive services and receive them quickly and just not have to worry about a legal problem when they’re facing this health issue.”
Navicent Health, CEO, Dr. Ninfa Saunders is excited the medical center can offer this new service to patients.
“Having access to legal expertise in particular really goes a long way in trying to navigate a very convoluted system out there,” said Dr. Saunders.
MedLaw will begin focusing on patients at the main hospital, but their goal is to reach every part of Navicent Health system.