Tuesday, November 16, 2010

People’s Health Clinic Brings Care to the Uninsured of Summit/Wasatch Counties

Where does a parent take a sick child who has no insurance, other than to the ER?  Does an uninsured adult ever get an annual physical?  What are the risks for a newborn whose mother receives no prenatal care?   

Ten years ago, a group of Summit County citizens asked those questions, and decided to start a health clinic.  First held in a medical van which roamed the two counties, the Clinic now occupies 5,000 sq. ft. in the Summit County Health Services building. For a suggested donation of $15 (no one is turned away for inability to pay), patients can be seen for general medical care, prenatal, chronic disease, and pediatric concerns.   

And what if a problem is discovered that’s more serious than the Clinic can address?   The Clinic is constantly developing relationships with local doctors and facilities where its patients can be seen for lower cost.

 The Clinic is supported by local residents, foundations, businesses, with some local and State government funding, as well as by patient donations.  Over 90% of Clinic patients contribute to their care. Only residents of Summit and Wasatch Counties without health insurance are treated.  

Here a local mother describes how she found PHC, and what it has meant to her. "Kids are kids, and we had plenty of broken bones to take care of, without any insurance.  As a mom, I put myself and my health last.  I was managing a local shop at the time, and someone told me about People's Health. I got an appointment and was treated for a thyroid problem.  In a week's time, I was back to my old self. And I've been in many times, problems found and solved!"

The People’s Health Clinic
650 Round Valley Drive
PO Box 681558
Park City, UT  84068
(435) 333-1850

Submitted by   
Sarah Klingenstein, Community Outreach Coordinator, People’s Health Clinic

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