Unfortunately, Project Health has had to close permanently. Effective April 4, 2014, there is no one in the office to take calls or answer questions. Patients who have not signed up for the Affordable Care Act must wait until November 15th and try again. Patients who are not citizens should apply for Eskenazi Advantage at (317) 880-5001.
It has been our pleasure to have served you for the last 10 years. We wish you the very best in the future.
To expand access to care for low income, adult, uninsured residents of Indianapolis (Marion County), in partnership with volunteer physicians, hospitals, labs, community clinics, the pharmaceutical industry, and other providers in a system of coordinated, case managed charity care.
Project Health Goals
Increase access to health care for middle income, uninsured residents.
Reduce the burden of frivolous Emergency Department visits.
More equitably distribute the burden of charity care.
Project Health's education of the patients about emergency room use now saves the hospitals over $1-million per year.
Achievements - $38-Million in Free Care to Patients
2000 Volunteer Doctors
13 Open Heart Surgeries
141 Cataract Removals
40 Hand Surgeries
3 Hip Replacements
3 Brain Surgeries
27 Kidney Surgeries
6 Liver Surgeries
3 Hospital Systems
5 Corneal Transplants
57 Shoulder Repairs
4 Knee Replacements
48 Hernia Repairs
88 Cancer Surgeries followed by chemotherapy and radiation treatments
"Project Health boils down to Hoosiers taking care of Hoosiers" says Paula Hall, MD, Chairman of Project Health’s Advisory Board. "The experts said it could not be done in Indianapolis because we have such a competitive healthcare market. We have proven them wrong many times over. Taking care of a Project Health patient is like helping your neighbor who is a little down on his luck. They are unbelievably grateful, and you feel good for having had the opportunity to help."
Project Health Partnering Hospitals
Community Hospitals, North, East and South and The Heart Hospital
IU Health, Methodist, IU, IU North, South West & Saxony Hospitals
St.Vincent Hospitals – 86th St. and Carmel
St. Vincent Women’s and the St. Vincent Heart Hospital
Mid-America Clinical Labs
IU Health Labs
13 Community Clinics
An adult, non-pregnant Marion County resident
Uninsured (no HIP, Wishard Advantage, Medicare, Medicaid, or VA)
Earn between 201-300% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) or for a single person over $22,341. Wishard and the other programs take people under 200% of the FLP.
Patients must agree to abide by a strict code of conduct or be released.
Patients are referred by their own doctor, a clinic, social worker, church or by calling themselves.
Paperwork is sent to fill out and return with a $100 membership fee.
Case managers send an ID card and make the appointments for the patients for tracking purposes. If necessary an interpreter is assigned.
Everything is entered into an electronic medical record donated by iSalus.
Doctors, hospitals and labs send Project Health claim forms so we know the value of the care being donated. Claims are written off.
Who are Project Health Patients?
Most patients are what we call the working poor. They make a little too much money to qualify for other charity programs, so Project Health takes them. 66% work full or part-time but their employer either doesn’t offer insurance (24%) or they find the premiums too expensive (44%). Most patients come to PH with serious illnesses because they delay treatment too long. They have worked hard all of their lives. They are embarrassed to ask for help. They are humble and very afraid.
Most of our patients are minorities with 43% Hispanic, 19% African American and 38% Caucasian. Less than 1% are of normal weight, 45% are very overweight and 55% are morbidly obese causing all the co-morbidities such as 26% diabetes, 21% with depression and 27% with hypertension.
They must have a family doctor or clinic as their primary care home or we will help them find a low cost or free provider.
They must show up for their appointments on time or notify the doctor if there will be a delay and possibly be rescheduled.
They must agree to make all reasonable attempts to avoid using the emergency departments for non-urgent care.
They must notify PH if the doctor wants them to see another specialty doctor, have diagnostic tests, or schedule surgery.
Benefits to Doctors
The doctors decide how many additional charity care patients they can see.
Project Health provides interpreters, saving them that cost.
Doctors can refer their own patients to Project Health so they can get labs, diagnostic tests and even surgery, get better, and need to see them less often.