Access to Care is a non-profit organization providing primary care to low-income, uninsured, and under insured residents of suburban Cook County and northwest Chicago for over 30 years. Our mission is to facilitate access to primary health care services for residents of suburban Cook County and northwest Chicago who lack such access because of financial barriers.
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The Suburban Primary Health Care Council (SPHCC) developed the Access to Care program in December 1988 to deliver a system of primary care for the medically indigent in suburban Cook County.
SPHCC is a not-for-profit confederation of the Community and Economic Development Association of Cook County, Inc., the Cook County Department of Public Health, the Northwest Suburban Cook County Health Care Task Force, and the Park Forest Health Department. The Council received a planning grant from The Chicago Community Trust in 1987 to design a delivery system of primary care for the medically indigent in suburban Cook County. Based on the plan, the Trust awarded $525,000 to the Council to implement and evaluate a system of primary health care for low-income, uninsured residents of two demonstration areas.
The plan was to contract with physicians at a discounted rate to provide services in their offices to members enrolled in the Access to Care program. Contracts would also be developed with providers of lab, x-ray, and pharmacy services. Access to Care members would pay affordable co-payments. A de-centralized enrollment system was developed to enable potential members to enroll at convenient locations in the community.
The original structure of the Access to Care program has been proven successful for over 30 years due to the generous support and partnership of our doctors, intake locations, board members, donors, and staff.