SC hospitals reach out to chronically ill, uninsured

SC hospitals have played a leadership role in creating 10 AccessHealth Networks.

Over the past five years, South Carolina hospitals have played a leadership role in creating 10 AccessHealth Networks that create access for uninsured persons to the services they need to improve and maintain their health.
 
In the last 12 months, AccessHealth SC networks served over 13,000 persons, providing at least 24,000 primary care visits and 2,000 visits with specialists. AccessHealth SC has documented a 35 percent reduction in hospitalizations and a 16 percent decrease in emergency department visits during participants’ first 12-months in a network.  By providing care in a more appropriate and less expensive setting, addressing social concerns, and preventing avoidable complications, the AccessHealth SC networks have eliminated $3.2 million in health care costs in our state.

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