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The Need -- Statistic and Stories
In South Carolina and in the region of the state served by AccessHealth Pee Dee, nearly 1 in 6 people does not have health insurance.* That can be a problem when someone without health coverage is admitted into the hospital or seen in the emergency department, because the average cost per inpatient day in SC is $1,792.
For instance, South Carolina has the 7th highest rate of diabetes among adults in the nation. And diabetes is the 7th leading cause of death in South Carolina.** Yet, diabetes can be controlled if patients are monitored by a medical professional and receive the appropriate medications.
It’s better for the patient and the doctor to work together to
prevent a chronic health problem becoming a worsening issue. Yet, people without health insurance or a low-income, who face
high out-of-pocket costs and often delay seeking care until a problem becomes serious.
AccessHealth Pee Dee and the other AccessHealth Networks in the state seek to find ongoing health care and medical homes for eligible persons to keep them healthy, out of the hospital and at work or home.
AccessHealth Pee Dee’s Mission is to provide a care coordination network among community partners in Chesterfield, Clarendon, Darlington, Dillon, Florence, Marlboro and Marion Counties to effectively and efficiently direct at-risk individuals to the RIGHT healthcare provider, at the RIGHT time, in order to have the best possible opportunity to achieve a better health outcome.
Current Funders and Partners
Duke Endowment provides key funding support for AccessHealth Pee Dee. McLeod Health leads the effort in this area. Yet, this help alone is not enough. We need support from medical professionals to volunteer their time and resources, as well as financial support from individuals.
In addition to the support of the Duke Endowment and McLeod Health, see our major partners.
To donate to Access Health Pee Dee, click here. Your donation will be handled by the McLeod Foundation. Be sure to specify that your financial contribution is to be allocated to AccessHealth Pee Dee.
We can always use additional family practice physicians or
specialists to help serve the sizable number of people needing
care. Without needed check-ups, preventative care and other
health care, individuals and families will delay seeking care.
Small, treatable or preventable problems, left untreated, often
result in serious or chronic problems that require hospitalization
or lead to life-long problems.
If you’re a medical professional that would like to help, send us
*Data from Kaiser Family Foundation and www.statehealthfacts.org
**SC Revenue & Fiscal Affairs Office, Division of Chronic Disease Epidemiology, Nov. 2015.
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