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Partners in Providing Life-Saving Medical Care

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What would the quality of your life be like if you didn't have health insurance? Imagine you are experiencing a serious health crisis. It could be that you display symptoms of a life-threatening disease. 

You wonder if you will be able to work. How will you support your family and pay the bills? Who will take care of your kids? Knowing that your good health and the well-being of your family are at risk can be stressful enough. Now imagine that you don't have health insurance or regular access to high-quality health care to help you deal with these issues. Where can you go and who can help you?  

Twenty seven uninsured patients discovered they could find solutions for their immediate medical care thanks to a partnership between Project Access and Kaiser Permanente, both in San Diego. Nearly 50 Kaiser Permanente volunteer staff and physicians provided the patients with access to free, life-saving medical care at Kaiser Permanente’s Garfield Specialty Center. In fact, 18 patients were able to access colorectal cancer screenings, and three urology and six vascular procedures were also conducted.

This was the 15th Saturday Surgery Day at Kaiser Permanente San Diego, which has contributed more than $2.7 million in donated care to serve 438 patients of Project Access San Diego. In keeping with our mission to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve, Kaiser Permanente works with community partners like Project Access San Diego to provide quality care to uninsured or underinsured patients in some of our most vulnerable communities.

In spite of 16.9 million newly insured Americans receiving medical coverage through the Affordable Care Act, access to specialty care services remains a challenge for many. Kaiser Permanente is committed to increasing the capacity of community partners to provide access to coordinated, quality care that improves patient and population health. 

In San Diego, the outlook for a healthy, thriving life for the Surgery Day patients was greatly improved. In addition to the medical tests and procedures that have been conducted, seven patients have had colon cancer identified and treated, and 22 patients have had precancerous growths removed. 

To learn more about Kaiser Permanente's work in our communities and Project Access San Diego, go to: