It is the policy of Tri-City Health Center to accept all patients for care regardless of their ability to pay for services. However, because TCHC is a fiscally responsible, independent, not-for-profit community health center, we strive toward encouraging all patients who can afford payments to be responsible in this area, so that we can continue being a key member of our community’s vital health safety-net.
The specific patient payment responsibility at the time of visit depends on the patient’s insurance or special health programs. Some patients may have a co-payment, a service charge, a sliding discount, or a share of the cost, all of which are required at the time services are rendered. Lab and pharmacy charges may represent additional charges that may be billed separately, depending on the patient’s insurance/program. A billing statement may be sent to the patient if required payments are not paid at the time of visit.
Patients should always bring insurance cards, health program membership cards, and proper identification for every visit to TCHC. If certain TCHC services are not covered by the patient’s insurance, the patient may be eligible for a sliding fee discount.