Health care program benefits school benefactors


St. Joseph’s Indian School in Chamberlain, S.D., introduced an innovative health program this month, the benefits of which are aimed at the school’s own benefactors.

The “St. Joseph’s Health Access and Discount Program” provides access to a board-certified doctors via telephone (TeleConsults) or computer/mobile device (eConsults) for less money than most co-pays. In addition, the program offers savings and discounts on other medical services. Licensed nurses are available 24/7 and can be consulted at no charge.

“As a ‘thank you’ to our donors, we have been excited to launch this program,” said Rita Cook, project manager assistant at St. Joe’s. “Not only can this program save our donors time and money, it directly benefits our students – as a portion of proceeds are directed to the school. It’s really a win-win.”

The idea for the program came from one of the school’s benefactors and has been in development for about six months. Beginning on January 19, program information was shared via social media and direct contact with benefactors. Our goal is to help donors learn about the benefits of this program and answer any questions they may have.

Piggy bank MDSt. Joseph’s partnered with Access Discount Health Care and MD iPass in establishing the program. Both organizations are well-regarded in the industry and put a high priority on patient privacy.

Rita emphasized that this program is not health insurance; it provides convenient and affordable access to doctors and nurses, and health savings on additional products and services. “This program can benefit anyone, including those with excellent health care coverage,” said Rita. “We think that it will be especially helpful to those who are under or uninsured. Many underinsured are elderly people on fixed incomes who often have to seek medical care for chronic conditions. This can be a real help to them.”

Click here for more information about the program or call 1-855-366-9066.