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Treating the Uninsured: Inspiring Hope in a Time of Crisis

Roughly 28 million US adults under the age of 65 are uninsured, according to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. It’s usually these patients that need care the most.

We strive towards compassionate, yet cost-effective care. This means we want to keep patients out of the hospital, and particularly out of the emergency rooms. Organizations such as WeCare & Volunteers in Medicine (VIM) are non-profit organizations who provide excellent care to uninsured and underserved adults in Duval County. Through their services, they are able to keep uninsured and underserved adults healthy and out of the hospital.

We have partnered with WeCare & VIM to provide cardiac services for their patients. In 2017, we were named one of the top cardiology providers for WeCare patients. VIM also counts us among their top cardiac providers. We provide vascular testing for up to hundreds of patients a year, free of charge.

 

Dr. Khatib points out that the treatment of We Care & VIM patients is no different than any other patient. “Operationally, our providers actually do not know they are treating a WeCare or VIM patient,” Dr. Khatib says, “it is usually only when a patient is referred to another provider for follow-up tests or treatments that the financial background of the patient is known to a provider.” This keeps care consistent and compassionate.

Sue Nussbaum, MD, Executive Director of WeCare speaks of our partnership with deep gratitude: “Our partnership with First Coast Cardiovascular Institute (FCCI) FCCI has given us the opportunity to help more patients receive access to cardiac services that they didn’t have before,” Sue says. Dr. Khatib understands the importance of this access, “WeCare patients come to us in a time of crisis.”

 

Organizations like WeCare and Volunteers in Medicine are able to thrive through the generosity of time and talent from the doctors and nurses such as our own.

 

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