The Access to Care program is very grateful to its participating physicians. Physicians include internists and family practice doctors. Doctors choose the number of Access to Care patients to be added to their practice. Doctors must agree to see a minimum of ten Access to Care patients. This is an easy way for doctors to give back to the community in which they practice. Physicians are paid $68 per patient per year, which is paid quarterly. This is a nominal fee to thank the participating physicians for the service they are providing to their community.
Patients are assigned to the nearest participating physician that has patient slots available. The ATC patient calls to make an appointment to see their assigned physician. This is the only doctor the ATC patient can see. If a patient needs specialty care, that is conducted at either Stroger or Oak Forest Hospitals.
If you are an internist or family practitioner and wish to help your community by becoming a participating physician, click here. You may also contact us by fax or traditional mail. Please include your name, address (city, state, zip code) daytime phone number and the best time to contact you. Access to Care is always looking for new physicians who understand the importance of primary care for a population left without access to it.
Expansion of the program to meet the needs of the growing number of uninsured is dependent upon the generosity of local physicians and physician groups.
Access to Care was named Provider of the Year in 2008 by the Campaign for Better Health Care for its commitment to providing affordable health care services to the underserved in Cook County.
Access to Care has been endorsed by the Institute of Medicine of Chicago, the Illinois Academy of Family Physicians, the Illinois Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American College of Physicians/Northern Illinois Region and is supported by the Chicago Medical Society.
Access to Care is extremely grateful to the over 600 participating physicians whose service to the program has been conservatively estimated to be worth $3 million.
“Access to Care is better than giving free service or care. It places philanthropy in an organized, funded, controlled environment.” ATC participating physician
Suburban Primary Health Care Council, administrator of and also known as Access to Care, is in no way affiliated with Access to Care, LLC, located in Muncie, Indiana, or Access to Care Pharmacy, LLC, located in Muncie, Indiana.