JAZZ for Health - Casa de Salud

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We serve some of the most vulnerable people living in Bernalillo County, NM who encounter the most barriers accessing health care. We provide comprehensive culturally competent care to uninsured and under-served patients. The growing population that we have always served consists largely of Hispanic and Mexican heritage individuals from low-income backgrounds. Additionally we provide addictions care services to patients experiencing opiate dependence. We do not require insurance of anyone, charge a fair price that is well below market-rate and do not send anyone to collections. Our average charge per visit is $40 with a payment rate of 92%. Our clinic and providers offer charity care to patients most in need that cannot afford the visit fee, averaging $30,000.00 annually. In 2011 our clinic saw 13,153 clinical visits. This estimate is only for medical visits and does not count our harm reduction services, medical debt management and tattoo removal services which bring our total patient encounters to roughly 17,000. The demand of patients to be seen by doctors is high. Often patients line up at the crack of dawn to wait for the clinic doors to open so they can be seen in a walk- in slot. CdS is one of the few places in New Mexico that serve the uninsured and offer same day access for urgent medical needs. Of the population of New Mexicans under the age of 65, 24.6% are uninsured (Census, 2010). That is a 62% increase from the national average that is reported to be 15.4% by the Census Bureau. Unfortunately, clinic often reaches capacity early in the day and must turn away more than 8 patients per day. Casa de Salud relies on the dedication of work-study and volunteer pre-medical and pre-nursing students to help run the clinic. Our organization provides these students with an opportunity to gain invaluable clinical experience with direct patient interaction while allowing them to secure letters of recommendation from the clinicians. Through the support of these work-study students and volunteers we save over $120,000 annually. This savings is passed on directly to our patients who receive below-market prices for visit and medical labs.

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1608 Isleta blvd SW
Albuquerque , NM 87105

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