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Partnering to Provide Free Care for the Uninsured
The NYCFC is able to provide comprehensive free care because of the deep commitment of its organizational partners, volunteer base, and management.
To minimize expenditures and utilize pre-existing networks of caring for the uninsured, the NYCFC has developed collaborative relationships with a number of hospitals, clinics, and non-profit organizations throughout New York City. Primary among them are:
New York University School of Medicine (NYU SOM):
NYU SOM provides administrative advising and support for the NYCFC Steering Committee and student volunteers. NYU SOM donates all administrative office space, associated maintenance, and office supplies to the NYCFC. Financial accounting and auditing services are provided by NYU SOM. Additionally, NYU SOM covers all costs associated with student volunteers.
Institute for Family Health (IFH):
IFH is the primary clinical partner of the NYCFC. IFH donates all clinic space, associated maintenance, and medical supplies to the NYCFC. An IFH physician serves as the NYCFC medical director. IFH social workers conduct insurance eligibility and psychosocial screenings for NYCFC patients, and IFH patient services representatives assist in patient registration. Additionally, IFH provides malpractice coverage to all volunteer physicians unable to extend their own coverage to the NYCFC. The NYCFC collaborates with IFH to provide prescription drugs at a significantly reduced cost to patients through the federal 340B Drug Pricing Program and the Manhattan Pharmacy Assistance Program.
Bellevue Hospital Center:
Bellevue Hospital, the nation's oldest public hospital, has a longstanding history of caring for the underserved and disenfranchised communities throughout New York City. The NYCFC has negotiated with Bellevue Hospital Center a reduced cost for specialty referrals. The NYCFC pays this remaining cost such that all referrals to Bellevue Hospital Center are free of charge to NYCFC patients. The NYCFC is the only clinic in New York City that provides specialty referrals free to its patients.
New York University Langone Medical Center (NYULMC):
NYULMC donates all laboratory services offered by the clinic, including blood tests, urinalyses, Pap smears, and sexually-transmitted infection testing, among many other laboratory services. Additionally, NYULMC donates basic radiology services to NYCFC patients.