Some of the characteristics of our patients are:
Health insurance: nine out of ten do not have health insurance.
Age: The majority -- 78 percent -- were between the ages of 18 and 64. Another 19 percent were under age 18. Only 2 percent were older than 65.
Race: 65 percent are Latino, 26 percent are Caucasian, 6 percent are African American, 3 percent are other.
Income: 88 percent live below the Federal Poverty Guidelines.
Due in part to a shortage of doctors in Elkhart County, about 14,000 people do not have a primary care physician. Without a "medical home," these people often go without preventive care and physical exams, may not receive consistent medical care to control or prevent a chronic illness, or may be suffering from poor life quality due to a condition that has never been diagnosed. It has been proven that people with financial constraints wait longer to get medical care, which often results in more significant health consequences.
The Center for Healing & Hope is trusted and known by the people we care for as a place to receive medical care at a price they can afford. About 40 percent of our patients report that if we did not exist, they would go to a hospital emergency department. Another 40 percent said they do not know where they would go.