Western Carolina Medical Society Foundation is the physician and community-led charitable arm of the medical society improving access to quality healthcare, decreasing disparities in health, and promoting health & wellness. Project Access® is our flagship program.
Since Project Access® was founded in 1995, numerous research studies and evaluations have been published nationally demonstrating the impact of the program. Over 200,000 patients have been served by Project Access®, resulting in over $148 million in donated charity care.
Project Access® is an innovative physician volunteer initiative providing access to comprehensive medical care for low-income uninsured Buncombe County residents. Through Project Access® physicians and community partners donate their services to patients without receiving reimbursement or compensation. Project Access® is not health insurance, it is however a way to help our community members stabilize their health so that health insurance is more attainable. Project Access® physicians donate services from routine annual physicals to open heart surgery.
Please note that enrollment in Project Access® is not the only option for the low-income, uninsured of Buncombe County for their medical needs. Many providers have payment plans to assist low-income patients and our Health Access Counselors can assist you with enrolling in the Health Insurance Marketplace. This means we will screen and enroll patients for the health insurance marketplace, Medicaid, Medicare, and Project Access®, as eligible.
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