RI Free Clinic 2012 Quick Facts:
- With an annual budget of less than $1 million entirely donated by individuals, corporations and foundations, the Clinic leveraged over $3.4 million in additional donated medical services and supplies from dedicated volunteers and community partners;
- 8,000 PATIENT VISITS provided for vulnerable adults through the Clinic’s cost-effective, nationally- recognized model of volunteer medical providers and community partners;
- 2,000 PATIENTS including 420 New Patients, benefited from the Clinic’s “medical home” model of care, which includes primary and specialty care, lab and diagnostics, medications, and Wellness Programs that increase patients’ ability to self-manage their own health;
- 700 VOLUNTEERS including 300 New Volunteers and 150 in the Physicians Network, provided care at the Providence Clinic and through the statewide Physicians Network; and,
- PHYSICIANS NETWORK volunteers provided care throughout Rhode Island
In addition, the Clinic’s work also included:
- 300 STUDENT TRAINEES from 10 major academic partners, received hands-on training in the Clinic’s dynamic setting on the forefront of community health;
- KEY PARTNERS were mobilized to increase program scope and sustainability, including CVS Caremark for free medication to all Clinic patients; Lifespan for free laboratory, diagnostic and specialty services; Serve Rhode Island to help refine our already remarkable, nationally-recognized volunteer program; and AmeriCorps*VISTA members who served at the Clinic through this “Domestic Peace Corps” program to help build Clinic capacity.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are there any services provided by the RI Free Clinic that may carry a charge?
Does the Clinic accept any health insurance, public or private?
Will I be able to see the same doctor and nurse each time I visit the Clinic?
What about my children – can the Clinic also provide care to them?
What happens if I have to be admitted to the hospital?
Does the RI Free Clinic provide dental care?
How does the Rhode Island Hospital’s Community Free Services work?
Generally speaking, no. Even in cases where a patient requires a treatment we do not provide, we will make every attempt to find another source or facility that will provide the needed care at no cost. However, we cannot guarantee that will always be the case.
No, the Clinic does not accept any insurance. Remember, patients must not have health insurance to be eligible for care provided by the Clinic.
Not necessarily, as in most clinic models. While we work hard to provide continuity of care, we cannot guarantee that you will see the same health care professionals at each visit.
No, the Clinic provides services only to adults over the age of 18 who meet our eligibility guidelines. For a child’s healthcare needs the Clinic can refer you to appropriate places for possible free or sliding scale pediatric care.
The Clinic does not provide emergency care. If you need immediate care, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.
The Clinic does not provide dental services. However, various community health centers and certain hospital dental clinics around the state provide sliding scale-based dental services. There are also mobile dental health programs available to you. For more information, visit www.oralhealth.ri.gov for a list of dental providers.
Rhode Island Hospital’s Community Free Services is provided for low income individuals. It would cover referrals that your Clinic doctor may advise you to see at RIH. This would include things such as MRIs, CT scans or specialty clinics. You must apply and be accepted by RIH. At the Clinic, we have the guidelines and application available. Please note it may take three to four weeks to hear if you are accepted.