Without access to the care we provide, many residents in need of medical treatment would delay and even forgo care at great cost to themselves, their families, and the health care system. As you would imagine, the uninsured are reluctant to seek care and when they do finally seek care they are so sick it will end up costing more to treat them. Without access to care, cancer is more likely to be diagnosed in later stages and patients are more likely to be hospitalized for avoidable conditions. In addition to the clinic giving the uninsured the opportunity to receive quality and timely medical care, we also help cut down on the cost of delivering charity care in a hospital setting. According to BCBS, the national average ER visit costs $383, while the national average doctor’s office visit is approximately $60. When the uninsured has the option to come to Good Samaritan, the hospital is able to provide more efficient and faster care for the true emergencies.
“The Good Samaritan Clinic is very important in overall provision of health care in Cullman County. Many patients with chronic conditions such as diabetes and hypertension and lack of health care coverage have no other place to get ongoing care for these problems If these chronic conditions are not controlled, these patients often end up being frequent ER department visitors or end up admitted to the hospital in crisis.”
William F. Peinhardt, MD
Cullman Internal Medicine
“The Good Samaritan Health Clinic fulfills a crucial need by providing healthcare services to members of our community who would otherwise be unable to access care due to lack of funds.”