Resource Guide

Resource Guide-Trying to navigate the system for healthcare if you don’t have health insurance 

 We receive many requests for help with services for the uninsured population in our community.  Escambia County is home to more than 30,000-40,000 uninsured residents, whether it be because they cannot afford their own private health insurance or because they make too much money for Medicaid or Medicare. So, what's out there if you find yourself without health insurance and need primary care, specialty care and dental care?

 Primary Care Services

      1. Health & Hope Clinic (Call the clinic to learn the steps of becoming a new patient)


                 (850) 479-4456              

     2. St. Joseph's Medical Clinic (Walk in; applications filled out onsite)

                 (850) 434-8162

      3. Community Health Northwest Florida (Primary Care & Urgent Care available)

             (Fees are based on a Sliding Fee Scale.  Please let them know your household income for the appropriate fee or let them know you do not have the ability to pay.)


             (850) 436-4630

  Specialty Care Services

     1. We Care Specialty Care Network

 This network is specifically used by Primary Care Providers (PCP).  You must have a referral from a PCP to utilize the We Care network.  This information is merely to let you know it exists, to ensure you know you have options.  If you have a need for specialty care, please seek out care at one of the above Primary Care Service Providers so they can link to you We Care.

      2. Hospital Systems

 Each of our hospital systems has their own Uncompensated Care or Charity Care program.  Patients will need to contact the Financial Services Dept. at any given hospital in order to receive the appropriate financial packet prior to receiving services.  ***We urge you to find care at a Primary Care Provider above BEFORE it's too late and the Emergency Department is the only option.***

 Dental Care

      1. Health & Hope Clinic (Call any clinic location to learn the steps of becoming a new patient)


              Patients much first see a general practitioner to evaluate overall health prior to having dental consultation.  Dental services include: Consultation, Cleanings, Restorative Care and Extractions

      2. St. Joseph's Medical Clinic (Walk in; applications filled out onsite)

              Dental services on-site: Consultations **all dental procedures will be referred out to partnering dental offices**

      3.  Community Health Northwest Florida


              (850) 912-8880 **This is a different phone number than Primary Care Services

 Medications are just as important as seeing the doctor or receiving treatment, and yet, they're generally an afterthought when it comes to healthcare.  The good news, again, is that there are many options out thereHere's a great list of how to access medications once the doctor's appointment has taken place:

      1. Patient Assistance Program a.k.a. Prescription Assistance Program

            These are free medications through the large drug manufacturers.  They are only brand name medications and all patients must pass a qualification process.  The good news is most clinics, like Health & Hope Clinic, offer the service of filling out these applications and maintaining these refills for a period of one year.  All medications are free.  Anyone can access these programs by visiting the website for the specific drug manufacturer.

      2. In House Pharmacy

             Health & Hope Clinic has an in-house pharmacy to serve the short-term medication needs of our patients.  These meds are strictly for our providers to start a patient on a certain drug or dosage to see what will work best for the patient.  Additionally, when patients are accepted into the Patient Assistance Program, it normally takes 4-6 weeks to recieve the first medication.  The in-house pharmacy fills that medication gap until the program "kicks in".

      3. Retail Pharmacy Programs

              Did you know there are tons of free & very inexpensive medications at places like PublixWalgreensWal-martWinn Dixie and Target?

              Click the store name above to access that store's list of specially priced medications.

     4. Good Rx -

              The Good Rx app will allow you to choose your location, your drug (by brand or generic), let you choose your dosage and fill amount, then show you the prices for your meds at all the nearest pharmacies.

 For more community services, both health related and social services, there are two resources you need to know about.

      1. United Way 2-1-1

              You can dial 2-1-1 on any phone and reach an operator 24/7 who can advise you of any and all resources in Escambia County.  Don't lose this number!!

      2. Street Survival Guide by EscaRosa Coalition on the Homeless


              These are published and printed booklets you can keep with you to find the organizations that offer services in Escambia County.

              (850) 436-4646

 We hope this has been an informative blog post for you.  Please let us know if we can do anything to help you or anyone you know.               


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