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Dispensary of Hope featured on CHA

from Catholic Health Association.  Read the full article here.  

Although the Affordable Care Act has helped many obtain health insurance, lack of coverage for low-income Americans’ prescription medications weighs down an other-wise improving national health care model and inflates costs. Consistent access to the medication they need helps people better manage chronic conditions and reduce acute health incidents and related emergency care.

In Nashville, Tenn., Saint Thomas Health and its medication distributor called the Dispensary of Hope (DoH) have developed a community-based model that benefits both hospital (or health care system) and its patient community.

Established in 2003 to pioneer a new system of pharmaceutical redistribution, DoH is a charitable community health initiative that recovers safe, usable surplus medication from drug manufacturers and medical systems for distribution to hospital outpatient and community pharmacies, federally qualified health centers and free clinics to dispense to those in need.

DoH is underpinned by Saint Thomas Health, a member of Ascension Health, the nation’s largest nonprofit and largest Catholic health system, but the medication distributor works with many health systems and pharmaceutical companies in a national dispensing network…

Read the full article here:

http://www.chausa.org/publications/health-progress/article/march-april-2015/community-benefit—pharmaceutical-access-for-the-poor