Doctors Care delivers health services for low-income patients through a two-pronged, community-based approach:
The Doctors Care Clinic operates five days per week providing sick and well-care visits to children and young adults age 30 and under who need to be seen onsite by a physician assistant or volunteer physician. Our clinic accepts patients with Medicaid, CHP+, the Doctors Care sliding-fee scale and those who are uninsured for a low flat rate.
Uninsured patients of any age may enroll in the Doctors Care Sliding-Fee-Scale Program, where patients are assigned to physicians in the community who have agreed to provide services at significantly reduced fees. Nearly 1,000 physicians, representing 240 different practices and providing services in nearly 100 specialties – including surgery, neurology and cardiology – comprise the Doctors Care volunteer network.
Approximately 35 percent of the 3,000 physicians that practice in the organization’s service area participate in its extensive volunteer network. Unified by the Doctors Care mission to provide access to care for the medically underserved, no one person or practice bears the sole financial burden of caring for these patients because everyone works together to share the load.
Beginning with just two hospitals, now six major inpatient medical centers in South Metro Denver (Swedish Medical Center, Porter Adventist Hospital, Littleton Adventist Hospital, Sky Ridge Medical Center, Parker Adventist Hospital and Castle Rock Adventist Health Campus), and their respective laboratories and pharmacies participate by making services available and affordable to Doctors Care patients. Executive leadership of competing hospital systems (e.g., Centura and HealthOne) come together on the Doctors Care board to model collaboration in health care and affect real change in the community.
Any patient who utilizes either the Doctors Care Clinic or the Sliding-Fee-Scale Program may access mental/behavioral health services onsite. Counseling and psychiatric medication management are both available, and our mental/behavioral health providers coordinate care with primary care providers to ensure integrated care for all patients.
With compassion, collaboration and a spirit of inclusiveness, we teach our patients how to effectively use the health care system.
One big change in the industry is that providing health care is evolving from being an individual sport to being a team sport – that is, providing health care today requires a team. That team is not made up of only physicians, but also physician extenders (e.g., mid-level providers, pharmacists and other individuals collaborating to provide health care).
Doctors Care clearly illustrates this model and it is another convincing argument for provider organizations to participate. Our model is also geared toward engaging existing community organizations. We are not suggesting creating something brand new in your community; we are saying to engage and build on the support organizations already in your community. You can help them do better by applying the tools, techniques and principles that Doctors Care has developed.
Doctors Care has accomplished much in 25 years, and we are particularly proud of our ability to continuously expand the services we offer and the number of people we serve. While much has changed in the last quarter-century, there will always be individuals without access to care and in need of the services Doctors Care provides. We plan on being here to continue serving them.
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