According to the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, "private physicians may well be the invisible giant of the nation's health care safety-net. Although data are limited, the data that does exist suggests that while community health centers, public hospitals, health department clinics and other publicly funded safety-net organizations each play an important role, most of the health care received by the poor and uninsured is provided in doctors' offices."
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.
Click here to read the 2010 Wake Forest study on Buncombe County's safety net and the impact of Project Access.
In 1996, an estimated 15,000 Buncombe County residents were low-income and uninsured. This number grew to an estimated 38,000 by 2005. The goal of Project Access is to provide a coordinated system for helping uninsured people get the care they need inthe most efficient and cost effective way possible. Project Access is designed to aid physicians who want to volunteer their time and services to individuals who do not have access to quality healthcare because of financial barriers. Through Project Access, doctors demonstrate their commitment to the ideals of their profession by donating care through this charity care network.
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