Who is Access to Care?

Access to Care wants to help you see a doctor, get healthy and stay healthy!

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.

What is SPHCC?

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.

In 1986 The Chicago Community Trust announced the “Health Care in Cook County Initiative” and invited proposals to improve the organization, delivery and financing of health care for those population groups who cannot afford to purchase health care. Each of the four organizational members of the Council separately developed letters of intent for the inivitative. The Chicago Community Trust responded to the letters by suggesting a jont effort. As a result, the Suburban Primary Health Care Council (SPHCC) was born.

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 enrolled clients. Contracts would also be developed with providers of lab, x-ray, and pharmacy services. Clients would pay affordable co-payments. A de-centralized enrollment system was developed to enable clients to enroll at convenient locations in the community.

The original structure of the Access to Care program has been proven successful for 30 years due to the generous support of our doctors, intake locations, board members, donors, and staff.