Goal: Increase access to quality health care services
In 2016 the Specialty Access for the Uninsured Program (SAUP) saw a continued increase in specialty care delivered in the safety net clinic setting – a more cost-effective option with high patient and provider satisfaction. To date, the program has completed its goal of full implementation of 9 safety net clinic/health system ‘dyads.’ And, all adult health systems now accept the safety net clinics’ determination of financial eligibility for specialty care.
- 3,072 referrals for specialty care were made in 2016, with a 93% ‘show rate.’
- 42% of specialty care was health system-based (top diagnostic categories: orthopedics, pulmonology, and gastroenterology
- 58% was provided at a safety net clinic location (most frequently for diabetic retinopathy screening)
By the Numbers
uninsured Milwaukee County residents who are established at safety net clinics, with incomes below 250% FPL.
of Milwaukee’s high-risk schools are served by the Smart Smiles oral health program.
discounted medications have been provided since 2008 through prescription assistance programs
Anthony was living at the Rescue Mission shelter in Milwaukee when he discovered a lump in his neck. He met with an outreach nurse visiting from St. Ben’s Clinic and was referred the clinic for further testing, where he found he needed to see a specialist.
But, Anthony was uninsured. He didn’t know if a specialist would see him.
Through the Partnership’s Specialty Care for the Uninsured Program (SAUP), Anthony was able to receive free diagnostic testing and saw an Ear, Nose and Throat specialist at Columbia St. Mary’s, who confirmed that the lump was cancerous. As heavy as the burden was, Anthony was grateful that despite his homelessness, he could get treatment through SAUP.
Facing a challenging course of care, Anthony was able to reconnect with family and with a renewed relationship with his father, was able to to complete his treatment — which included 35 radiation treatments and two rounds of chemotherapy — and entered remission.