BERNIE SANDERS: Well, thank you for joining us, Dr. Sanders.
Let’s go back to your question.
I know that you are a doctor, a professor of medicine.
So I was wondering, in addition to the fact that you do a lot of work with veterans and with people with mental health issues, what are the ways you can give people access to quality, quality care in rural communities?
So, in particular, what about the people in the communities where you live, what’s the best way to help those people get the care they need?
And we are going to get back to that in a minute.
But let’s just take a look at some of the things that you mentioned.
First, you know, I think that we are seeing a lot more and more people who are suffering from a number of chronic conditions that are exacerbated by lack of access to medical care in our country.
I think a lot is being done to expand access to mental health services in rural areas, and I think we have to be very careful in making sure that we do not overcompensate for those kinds of problems.
And, secondly, I am very proud of what I do and what I’m doing, but I think the reason that we’re seeing the biggest numbers of people with chronic conditions in rural America, which are conditions that can be treated and treated well, is that we have not had the right policies in place to treat those conditions.
I am a lifelong physician, and in my career, I have treated many, many, very, very sick and dying people, and my experience has been that in many cases, when the doctors in rural places and the hospitals that I work with are able to diagnose the underlying disease, they are able and willing to take that patient to the doctor and give them proper care.
That is one of the reasons why I have worked in rural clinics.
It is very, you see, very important to me that I be able to treat people that have the disease.
That has to be a part of every rural community.
The other thing that I do, and the one that you all mentioned, is I am also a long-time advocate for mental health and addiction.
So my work with addiction is very much part of my experience, and it is very important for me to work with people who have mental health problems.
I have also worked with children with autism, and we know that there are some people who, if they have a diagnosis of autism, can actually learn and thrive in a very challenging environment that they are exposed to, that is, the environment of a family home or in a daycare, and that is one reason why I am so passionate about the issue.
And I am not only a physician, but also a community health care provider.
I worked in a lot like a pediatric clinic, but the difference is that I was an advocate for the kids and I worked with them, and they had to learn how to manage their anxiety, and their depression, and all of the other issues that can affect children, so I think it is important for us to be able and ready to do the same work in rural hospitals, because that is where they need us the most, and where we have the best opportunities to help people get better.
So, for example, I work at the Medical Center of Southern California, and one of my first jobs there was to take care of a patient who had a very serious case of epilepsy.
We were able to help him get the proper treatment, and he got better, and then we took him to the clinic to see a specialist, and when he came back, we went back to see him.
He was a little bit disturbed, and after three weeks, we brought him back.
He has been able to go back and do the activities that he was able to do in a healthy way, because we are able, we are prepared, and our patients are not, you don’t have to do that in other places.
And so, you can do that, and you can help a lot, and this is why I feel like I have been very, in the last 30 years, a leader on this issue.
But I am proud of that.
Dr. BERNSTEIN: Thank you.
And then, there are also the things you have talked about, which is the issue of, you are not just doing it to the people who live in your town.
But what is it that you have done to improve the health of your constituents, as you mentioned, to better serve the people of your state?
So the answer is, you get better health, you have better access to care, and, you will have a lot less of a mental health crisis.
But it is also very important that you get the right kind of treatment.
I would say, in rural parts of