Project Access San Diego: Helping uninsured get needed surgeries
Approximately 40 people without health insurance and in desperate need of outpatient procedures will receive free procedures through Project Access San Diego, a project of the San Diego County Medical Society Foundation. The procedures will be performed in partnership with Kaiser Permanente San Diego at the Otay Mesa facility on Saturday, October 23.
Surgeries to be performed include gallbladder removals, hernia repairs, cataract removals, and gynecological surgeries. In many cases, these patients have been living with pain and unable to work due to their medical conditions. Providing the surgery will put them back to work and allow them to provide for their families.
More than 150 volunteers from Kaiser Permanente, including surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses, operating room technicians, administrative staff, environmental services staff, laboratory technicians and pharmacists will donate their time to perform the procedures.
To qualify for care through Project Access San Diego, an individual must live in San Diego County, be ineligible for public health programs, be low-income, and be referred by a community health center. Over 550 patients have received free specialty care, including both inpatient and outpatient surgeries and procedures, since Project Access San Diego's inception in December 2008.