Fighting back against key health issues in Baltimore takes a multifaceted approach and a welcoming team to make a difference. For many patients, Shepherd’s Clinic in East Baltimore Midway provides all the needed parts, and was there to support them when the Affordable Care Act turned out to not be affordable.
Shepherd’s Clinic is a volunteer-run clinic that served over 1,000 uninsured patients last year. Despite the good intentions of the Affordable Care Act, more than 100 of those patients have lost their health insurance since spring 2014 and returned to the clinic for primary care. It’s an alarming trend, as many of these patients have long-term health needs that could be deadly without proper health care.
“Within a few short months of being enrolled in qualified health plans, newly-insured patients began to struggle mightily to keep up with their health care expenses, and as a result stopped coming to the doctor,” says Shepherd’s Clinic executive director Glenda Skuletich. “Even patients who are insured have been known to put off potentially life-saving stress tests because their plan’s high deductible would mean a $3,000 bill.”
Shepherd’s makes sure patients have the care they need through free visits with primary care physicians and cardiologists, ... Read More >>