Helping you find the care you need
It’s important to take care of your health. It’s also important to have a family doctor who can help you stay well. But when you don't have health insurance, doctor visits and medicine can be hard to access. Some people wait to go to the doctor until they get very sick. Other people go to emergency rooms for an illness that can be treated by a family doctor.
So where should you go when you do not have an emergency and do not need to go to the emergency room? Good news. There are health centers and clinics in every county in South Carolina that may be able to help you even though you don't have health insurance. Only some of them are free, so be sure to ask how much you will need to pay. If you have a medical emergency, go to the emergency room.
In 2013, 750,000 uninsured South Carolinians, an estimated 51,000 previously uninsured enrolled in the ACA Marketplace and paid their first month’s premium, and 85,000 enrolled in Medicaid. Today, about 614,000 remain uninsured.
In 2014, AccessHealth SC networks
- served 14,000 participants
- provided 49,000 primary care visits
- provided 36,000 specialty care visits
- averaged a 35% reduction in inpatient discharges
- averaged a 16% reduction in emergency department discharges
- averaged a 38% reduction in costs, which equates to $3.2 million during participants’ first 12-months in a network
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This work is made possible by the generosity of The Duke Endowment. South Carolina’s hospitals are grateful for the vision of James B. Duke, who established The Duke Endowment in December of 1924. For more information on the legacy of Mr. Duke and the work of The Duke Endowment, visit www.dukeendowment.org.