According to recent data, roughly one in six South Carolinians has no health insurance. That's about 750,000 people.
In Spartanburg County alone, uninsured adults account for 38,848 of that.
Why? The most frequently reported answer is that they cannot afford it.
That's a problem for all South Carolinians. People without health insurance are more likely to delay necessary medical care until it becomes an emergency. Rather than practicing preventative measures with rountine visits to a family physicians, emergency rooms become the primary -and rarely appropriate- source of care. What happens in these circumstances? In 2007, SC hospitals provided $1.3 billion in services for which they were not paid. Businesses with insurance are paying increasingly higher premiums to underwrite the cost of care to the uninsured. High costs are forcing many small businesses to stop offering health insurance. Today, only 33% of private sector employees with fewer than 50 employees offer insurance. This lack of insurance has had profound consequences. South Carolina now ranks 48th in the nation in health status, affecting quality of life and economic competitiveness.
Enter AccessHealth Spartanburg, a groundbreaking initiative that began in 2010, which promises to open doors for thousands of people in need of quality and timely healthcare. Designed to be a link between the uninsured and local health professionals, AccessHealth guides eligible clients to a network of physicians that have donated their time for the betterment of the community. Additionally, AccessHealth navigates clients to a healthier lifestyle by addressing social barriers they may face.
Thanks to funding from the Duke Endowment and the following partners, AccessHealth Spartanburg is on its way to improving community health.
With your help and that of its network of partners, AccessHealth Spartanburg is working to improve this situation for the betterment of our citizens, community, and state.