US hospitals are exploring ways to buy “Obamacare” insurance plans for their sickest and poorest patients as they strain under the weight of tens of billions of dollars in uncompensated costs from the uninsured. But the move is opposed by the Obama administration and insurers, who fear it could add to the turmoil surrounding the [&hellip
All told, 2014 will bring the biggest surge in health coverage this country has seen in decades—a remarkable triumph in the current political atmosphere. Now comes the equal challenge of turning all that coverage into care. Is our health care system ready for the influx of newly insured patients? Read the article here PHOTO BY [&hellip
URI professor conducts survey suggesting that nurse-run medical clinic saves millions in health care costs
People who don’t have health insurance are often forced to seek treatment at hospitalemergency rooms for colds, body aches and other routine illnesses. Those visits cost patients,hospitals and taxpayers millions of dollars every year. A University of Rhode Island professor who founded a free health clinic in Providence has spearheaded a study that suggests walk-in [&hellip
Results of 2-year study at Clinica Esperanza/Hope Clinic presented at health conference in Boston Jeff Chau didn’t know much about HPV when he started volunteering at a free health clinic in Providence three years ago. Now the University of Rhode Island pharmacy student is so knowledgeable about the cancer-causing virus he helped research and write [&hellip
Patients become advocates, and advocates become patients at Clinica Esperanza At Clinica Esperanza, a clinic for the uninsured in Providence Rhode Island, we asked, “Who knows how best we can help our patients?” The answer – the patients themselves. And so, when we had an opportunity to turn some of our patients into advocates [&hellip
Clinica Esperanza/Hope Clinic worked hard in 2012. Read the Annual Report to learn about what exactly was done
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Keeping people healthy and preventing illness is a key part of our mission at Clinica Esperanza. One service we provide our patients is free vaccines for a whole lot of possible illnesses: pneumonia, tetanus, flu, hepatitis and more. However, vaccines need to be refrigerated and our fridge is on its last legs. We need to [&hellip
The number of uninsured children and people under the age of 65 in Rhode Island has remained steady over the past several years. According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2012 Current Population Survey released Sept. 17, about 125,000 nonelderly Rhode Islanders did not have health insurance from 2011-2012, including about 13,000 children. These numbers are [&hellip