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Friday, December 07, 2012

Project Access lost. . .

CitySquare was one of the original partners in the formation of Project Access Dallas. We wrote the initial grant to fund the concept.  We provided a team of "health navigators" to serve the special needs of our patients.  After more than a decade leaders at the Dallas County Medical Society have decided to shut the project down.

Ironically, the change may result in even more services for the very poor in Dallas.  I hope so.  We will be working with our medical and hospital partners to continue to serve the poor and marginalized, hopefully on an even greater scale.  That's what we're looking to the hospitals to accomplish in our community, and especially on behalf of the poor and uninsured. 

Here's the story by Dallas Morning News reporter Sherry Jacobson that appeared in Wednesday morning's edition: 

Dallas County Medical Society to end program providing low-cost care for uninsured
by Sherry Jacobson
The 10-year-old effort, which employed 30 people, will end
as early as March, after more than 3,000 current patients have
found a “new medical home,” said Dr. Rick Snyder,
president of the medical society.
More than 2,200 local doctors, many of them specialists, had
voluntarily provided low-cost care to uninsured patients,
including surgery, chemotherapy and chronic-disease

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Anonymous said...

What happened to Obamacare?

Anonymous said...

This is really sad. To create something that works and then just pull the plug. Larry - how could this result in "more services"?

Larry James said...

Anon 2:21, of course I don't know that this will happen, but the hospitals are obliged to use these funds to serve the poor. Assuming they do, many more poor folks will eventually be served.

Anon 1:53, nothing has happened fully but this development in Dallas has nothing to do with Obamacare.

Anonymous said...

I thought Obamxcare was to provide medical care for everyone.

Larry James said...

Anon 4:41, when fully rolled out it will cover over 40M new people.

Anonymous said...

If anyone thinks Obamacare will work they are an extreme optimist.

Anonymous said...

LJ, I find it very hard to believe that you think Obamacare will work. Millions of jobs will be lost, and doctors are going to leave.