GREAT FALLS — With the rising costs of healthcare, Alluvion Health is turning to a familiar program to try and help their patients. It’s called the “Stamped Script” program, and it’s actually nothing new.
The program has been around for at least the last 10 years, according to Alluvion Family Nurse Practitioner Nell Ryan.
The goal of the program is to ensure access and whole person care to everyone, regardless of the price.
It will provide prescriptions to people at no cost for a certain amount of time. So far, the program has provided over 300 prescriptions, valued at over $10,000, to individuals who either did not qualify for insurance, or could not afford the medication for other financial reasons. Ryan explained, "For us, it’s a matter of meeting people where they’re at,” explained Nell Ryan. “People don’t want to be in a financial situation where they’re not able to afford an antibiotic when they have an acute infection or an inhaler when they’re having an asthma attack, so for us it’s really trying to help meet people’s acute needs hoping that we can connect them with more long-term resources to help them find their independent financial sustainability to then take care of the costs of their medication themselves.”
Doctors and nurses at Alluvion agree that they feel better about their ability to do their jobs when their patients don’t have to fight through monetary barriers to get the prescriptions and treatments that they are suggesting.
Ryan also added that in a perfect world, no patient would ever have to face the thought of not being able to afford medication that they need.
For more information call Alluvion at 406-454-6973.
FEBRUARY 2019: Community Health Care Center is now Alluvion Health