In 1993, Bucks County acute care hospitals, the Bucks County Health Department, and the local Medical Society commissioned a community needs assessment to determine the unmet health care needs in the county. The report, issued in 1994, led to the incorporation of the Bucks County Health Improvement Partnership (BCHIP), a 501 (C) (3) not-for-profit organization. This unique collaboration works together toward a common goal-to increase access to health services for Bucks County's most vulnerable citizens.
The BCHIP Adult Health Clinic, located on Knights Road in Bensalem at the St. Mary Health Promotion Center in the Family Resource Center, is free and serves over 2,000 uninsured residents annually. Since 2002, this clinic has provided more than 23,000 free clinic visits, as well as thousands of medications to its patients.
Nurse practitioners and physicians, many of whom are bi-lingual (English/Spanish) and volunteers, who perform physical examinations, screenings, treatment for acute illnesses, and management of chronic conditions, staff the BCHIP Adult Health Clinic.
- Medical care for acute and chronic illness
- Routine physical exams
- Blood tests
- Patient education
- Referrals to some specialists if necessary
- X-rays and other diagnostic tests
- Social service referrals
To be eligible:
- Be an adult 18 years of age or older
- Be a Bucks County resident (proof of residency required)
- Have no medical insurance
- Not be eligible for Medicare, Medical Assistance or any insurance program
- Meet income limits - must provide proof of income annually or when requested by staff in order to remain eligible.
- Have household income under 200% of Federal Poverty Guidelines ($21,660 for one person; $29,140 for two, etc.)
For more information about the BCHIP Adult Clinic, call 215.633.8397 or visit www.bchip.org. To speak with the Social Worker for eligibility information, call 215.633.8652.