Every $1 donated = $24 in Medical Services Rendered
❤2019 SC Secretary of State Mark Hammond Angel Award Recipient❤
According to the South Carolina Institute of Medicine and Public Health, 16.8% of South Carolinian adults are uninsured. In Aiken County, that number is even higher, clocking in at 19% of adults under the age of 65.
It’s no secret that having health insurance increases access to critically important medical care, especially when it comes to preventive services that identify and prevent chronic diseases like diabetes, heart disease and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).
But not everyone is fortunate enough to have access to affordable healthcare, even with the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Though the ACA has made healthcare available to millions of Americans since its passage in 2010, there are income restrictions that prevent many patients from taking advantage of these affordable plans. Many of our patients who come to seek health care from us do not meet the income requirements to access health care through the ACA.
From our patients:
“Every time I go, I’m treated very nice. Compassion is there. Everyone here is friendly and patient. Ms. Libby saved my life. They really understand how sick I am and they make me feel like I’m a No. 1 goal.”
“I was an engineer and got laid off. I couldn’t find another job because of how old I am and because I had too much experience. I went through my savings very fast and just felt discourage. I resorted to selling things, I rented out a room in my house and even got a cheaper car to cut costs. With the clinic’s help, I got better, felt happier and more confident and was able to find a job as an engineer consultant.”
“I was on drugs for 20 years and alcohol abuse for 29 years. I got started with the Aiken Center in July 2015 and was having pains and got checked out here at the clinic. I have now been clean for four years. I’ve been raising my child through it all and we’re doing our best. I got a job at Shaw and will get benefits. I have lost four pounds in two months. Life is great. Overall it’s just great.”