Their donors have ranged from CEOs to families sleeping in their cars. In circumstances unique to the Hope Clinic, their patients have also come from every socioeconomic
The Hope Clinic has found itself in a very high-profile position in the Gwinnett community with the recent economic times. Who among us doesn”t have family members, friends or neighbors who”ve lost their medical coverage, can no longer afford high insurance deductibles or have no medical insurance at all?
The numbers are staggering. And the Hope Clinic”s founders, Lawrenceville internist Dr. William Martin, M.D. and his wife Pam have taken on the responsibility to help those in need no matter their story or stature in life.
In their view, they”re not only helping patients – they”re helping the entire Gwinnett community.
The Hope Clinic offers internal medicine and primary care for the uninsured and under-insured of our community when they are discharged from Gwinnett Medical Center.
“Without Hope Clinic chronically ill patients would have nowhere to turn for care except the emergency room,”# said Dr. Martin. “This costs our community a great deal of expense, and unnecessarily perpetuates the cycle of readmission to the hospital.”# This issue is one of the most driving forces for increased healthcare costs and insurance premiums right here in Gwinnett County.
Due to the need for follow-up visits and maintenance care for common chronic conditions like diabetes and heart disease, chronic care is typically the most expensive in the healthcare industry.
Over 50 percent of uninsured adults are twice as likely to delay or forgo needed care compared to the insured, because they are worried about high medical bills. In many cases, those with insurance will not seek medical care because they haven”t met their deductibles.
One such group of patients is those with diabetes. The Hope Clinic has over 1,100 diabetic patients, treating up to 70 to 80 in any given week. But they are now partnering with OneCare, LLC to give patients remote diabetic monitoring technology that costs $85,000 and will enable Dr. Martin and staff to closely monitor how patients are doing on a daily or weekly basis.