Three Angels Clinic is a faith-based clinic comprised of volunteers who believe in continuing Christ’s mission of healing the sick, and obeying his command to “love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22:39). As a Volunteer in Medicine clinic, this belief is in alignment with our standard of having a “culture of caring.” This means we view you, no matter what your status, as a friend in our community in need of help. We view it as a privilege to be able to serve you. We believe how we treat you is as important as the medical care we administer to you. Our entire team is focused on meeting your needs with professionalism and compassion.
To facilitate total wellness for underserved people on our community by providing health care professionally, and free of cost.
To improve the health of our community by reclaiming the Biblical commitment to care for the needy.
The Need for Free Health Care in Marion County
According to the Well Florida Council, an estimated 24.8% of people under the age of 65 are medically uninsured in Marion county (over 82,000 people).
The Marion County Health Status Assessment published in 2012, by the Marion County Department of Health reveals that :
Low income, high poverty and limited economic base continue to be leading predictors of health outcome and health access in Marion County both on an individual and county-wide basis.
The 2009 American Community Survey estimated that 15.6 percent of Marion county residents live at or below 100 percent of poverty as compared to the state of Florida as a whole (14.9 percent).
Marion County is near the bottom 25% of counties in Florida based on health rankings from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin.
In 2005 there were 3,602 avoidable hospitalizations that incurred more than 89 million dollars in charges.
Marion County currently has a primary care shortage, especially for safety net patients.
Access to key specialties (especially dental and mental health care and especially for children and the uninsured or Medicaid recipients) is limited for many.
A study published in the Journal of Healthcare for the Poor and Underserved in 2012 it concluded that: the group of individuals who had access to primary care at local free clinics were significantly less likely than the group of uninsured individuals who were not enrolled in a free clinic to use the Emergency Department for care with lower levels of clinical complexity.
Uninsured people come from all walks of life. Despite the passage of the Affordable Health Care Act, many still can’t afford coverage because the premium, even with subsidies, remains out of reach. This results in increased emergency room visits both for routine care and for ailments that have grown more serious because routine care was not accessible.
How Can Three Angels Clinic Help Marion County?
Three Angels Clinic is comprised of a diverse core of healthcare professionals who believe in the Christian charge to help others who are in need. We partner with community organizations to bring health care to the populations they serve.
We help in Marion County by:
*Relieving for-profit medical institutions of burdensome non-paying patients.
*Helping to decrease overall health expenditures in Marion County.
*Contributing to improving overall health of people living in Marion County.
*Improving Marion County’s health ranking in the state of Florida.