Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Project Access Tarrant County Celebrates One-Year Anniversary

For the past year, Project Access Tarrant County
(PATC) has helped uninsured, low-income Texans receive much-needed health care. With the help of physician volunteers, hospitals, charity community clinics, and other health care partners, PATC gives individuals in Tarrant County affordable and comprehensive medical care including specialist referrals; surgeries; lab, medication, and translation services; and navigations services for accessing public benefits. The program allows uninsured individuals debilitated by an illness to return to self-sufficiency.

Since the fall of 2011, more than 210 volunteer physicians and other health care professionals donated more than 700 hours of free health care — amounting to more than $500,000 worth of services — to patients who qualify for PATC. Qualified patients must make at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty level; be uninsured; and not be enrolled in Medicaid, Medicare, or TRICARE.

PATC is rewarding for both patients enrolled in the program and physicians who care for them. Volunteer physician and gynecologist Deborah Lehmann, MD, says that “taking care of somebody who has no other options and would otherwise have been ‘up a creek without a paddle’ … this is what medicine is really all about.”

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