Welcome to Project Access.
Please visit the new WCMS website for up-to-date information about Project Access.
Welcome to Project Access, a program through the Western Carolina Medical Society Foundation.
Buncombe County Project Access is an innovative physician volunteer initiative providing access to comprehensive medical care for low-income uninsured Buncombe County residents. Through Project Access physicians and community partners donate their services to patients without receiving reimbursement or compensation. Project Access is not health insurance, it is however a way to help our community members stabilize their health so that health insurance is more attainable. Project Access physicians donate services from routine annual physicals to open heart surgery.
In 1996, an estimated 15,000 Buncombe County residents were low-income and uninsured. This number grew to an estimated 38,000 by 2005. The goal of Project Access is to provide a coordinated system for helping uninsured people get the care they need inthe most efficient and cost effective way possible. Project Access is designed to aid physicians who want to volunteer their time and services to individuals who do not have access to quality healthcare because of financial barriers. Through Project Access, doctors demonstrate their commitment to the ideals of their profession by donating care through this charity care network.
Reading Material on Project Access
- Project Access Overview and FAQs
- How We Did It: 86 Pages of information on how Buncombe County Medical Society physicians and leadership created the Project Access program
- "Local Physicians Caring for Their Communities: An Innovative Model to Meeting the Needs of the Uninsured" by Gillian K. Baker, MHA, Alan T.McKenzie, and Paul B. Harrison, MPH