Information for Physicians

As a physician you recognize the importance of primary health care for good health and well-being.  You are well aware there are many people without insurance who cannot afford even basic health services.

The Suburban Primary Health Care Council's Access to Care® program is a unique primary health care program that delivers primary medical services for low income uninsured persons with family incomes less than twice the federal poverty level who are ineligible for public programs, such as Medicaid or Medicare.

Access to Care® provides a method for physicians to express a charitable impulse in an organized manner and to receive a nominal reimbursement to help cover costs.  In addition, the program also covers laboratory, radiology and pharmacy services.  Patients make a small co-payment to the providers for each service.


"Better than giving free service or care, Access to Care® places philanthropy in an organized, funded and controlled environment."

A participating physician


Participating physicians choose the maximum number of Access to Care® patients from their local communities they will add to their practice.  Physicians are not responsible for billing and the program pays physicians $68 per per person/per year. Payments are made quarterly.

Expansion of the program to meet the needs of the working poor depends on physician participation.

Access to Care® has provided access to primary health care services for over 82,000 low-income suburban Cook County residents since the program was launched in 1988.

Access to Care® has been endorsed by the Institute of Medicine of Chicago, the Illinois Academy of Family Physicians, the Illinois Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, The American College of Physicians/Northern Illinois Region and is supported by the Chicago Medical Society.


Here are the four ways you can request information on how to participate in this important program: by email (,  by phone (708-531-0680), by fax (708-531-0686) or by traditional mail:

Access to Care®
2225 Enterprise Drive
Suite 2507
Westchester, IL 60154

In your correspondence, please include your name, address (including city, state and zip code), daytime phone number, and the best time to contact you. 

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