How Phoenixville's 'Clinic' Treated 60,000 Uninsured Patients
Their model is simple: patients pay what they can.
In the ongoing battle to provide medical care to patients of limited means, Dr. Lorna Stuart has taken a radical tack: she lets them pay what they can.
In a terrific piece in The Daily Local News, Frank Otto explains how Stuart and Rev. Marie Swayze turned the abandoned rectory of St. Peters Episcopal Church into The Clinic; a non-profit medical care provider that does everything from electrocardiograms to eye tests for local people without health insurance. It’s treated over 60,000 people in its decade of existence.
The upshot: there is no set fee for an appointment, patients are just asked to pay what they can.
“The patient is asked what he or she can donate to their care,” Stuart explained. “Some people write a check for $100 and some reach into their pocket for change and give us change.”
Read the full story here.