BATON ROUGE (NBC 33/FOX 44) CareSouth Medical and Dental offers a sliding fee scale discount program for those who are insured, uninsured and underinsured, providing access to healthcare for all.
The federal program allows CareSouth to provide medical, dental and behavioral health services to individuals and families, regardless of their ability to pay.
As a Federally Qualified Health Center, CareSouth receives federal funding from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to help serve underserved communities.
“We take care of patients with or without insurance and those with Medicaid and Medicare,” said CEO Matthew Valliere. “No one is turned away.”
Last year, the community healthcare center provided nearly $2.8 million dollars in sliding fee scale services to patients at its locations in Baton Rouge, Donaldsonville, Plaquemine, and Zachary.
Eligibility is based on income and family size, according to Federal Poverty Guidelines. For example if you’re a single person making $12,000 or less or a family of four making $26,000 or less, you pay $25 for a medical visit and $40 for a dental visit.
If you can’t afford to pay, the staff will set up a payment plan that works for you or look for third-party resources that may be available. The program is also available to those who have insurance with high deductibles. Prescriptions are also available at a discounted price.
“Our mission is to provide access to healthcare for all so we will work with you to make sure you get the services you need,” Valliere said.
For more information, call (225) 650-2000 or go to www.caresouth.org.