The United States stands alone among industrialized nations in not providing health coverage to all of its citizens. Currently, 46 million Americans lack health coverage.1 Despite repeated attempts to expand health insurance, uninsurance remains commonplace among US adults.
Health insurance facilitates access to health care services and helps protect against the high costs of catastrophic illness.
Relative to the uninsured, insured Americans are more likely to obtain recommended screening and care for chronic conditions2 and are less likely to suffer undiagnosed chronic conditions3 or to receive substandard medical care.4
Self-employed and uninsured, Kristin had nowhere to turn for help when she broke her hand. ”We had no means and couldn’t get help from a lot of the hospitals to even do payment plans with them,” she said.
Seven orthopedic surgeons turned her away because she lacked insurance.
”Without this surgery I wouldn’t be able to use my hand again,” Kristin said.
That’s when she learned about Patient Benefit Foundation. The new Sugar Landbased foundation was started in 2014 by Dr. Mubashir Chaudhry.
On August 12th 2016, hundreds came out to support the inauguration of the nonprofit organization, Patient Benefit Foundation. PBF’s mission is to provide assistance in funding elective surgical procedures for those lacking insurance coverage or financial resources, so that they may receive the proper care and attention they deserve. The event was held at the Sugar Land Marriott Town Square. It was a special night for all to come together and raise awareness about the powerful work of the Patient Benefit Foundation.
The event brought to light how healthcare remains inaccessible to many, even in this day and age. Many require elective surgeries, but are unable to receive the surgical care they deserve due to being uninsured or underinsured. There are several elective surgeries that could prevent a patients’ health from deteriorating to a life-threatening event, but due to financial difficulties these surgeries go undone until it’s too late. Patient Benefit Foundation makes surgery possible for those in need.