Catholic Health Care: Our Lady of Hope Clinic

Monday, August 3, AD 2009

As Catholics, and other Americans, continue the debate over national solutions to help the uninsured, Our Lady of Hope Clinic in Madison, Wisconsin is helping treat the uninsured one person at a time. Long time reader Steve Karlen is the development director for the clinic, which opened in April of this year. OLHC has a unique model, based on Dr. Kloess and Dr. Johnson’s desire to provide outstanding primary care through a structure designed in accordance with Catholic principles of solidarity and subsidiarity.

Like the increasingly popular private practice or closed practice model, OLHC accepts up to a set number of patients, which due to OLHC’s non profit model are called benefactors. The limit is set at 600, which has not yet been met, so the clinic is still accepting memberships. Benefactors receive unlimitted primary care through the clinic with no additional charges or co-pays beyond the annual benefactor fee — which is set at a 1200 dollars with various discounts which can apply for couples, children, or younger patients. (This pricing is comparable to other closed practice/concierge-style doctor’s offices.) Like a closed practice, benefactors can make same day appointments any time and have direct access to their doctors via phone and email. They are expected to carry insurance for specialist, prescription and hospital care — however benefactors can often save money overall on health care by switching to a high deductible plan for care not covered by the clinic.

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4 Responses to Catholic Health Care: Our Lady of Hope Clinic

  • Thank you so much for posting this article. We appreciate any opportunity to get the word out about this clinic–particularly as we just opened this spring. Anyone interested in supporting our efforts can do so from the PayPal icon in the lower-left corner of the Web site.

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  • I think this is clearly a deeply Catholic response to the problems which many of those in our communities suffer, and I hope that more such clinics will follow the example of Our Lady of Hope and St. Luke’s.

    Indeed! That’s precisely the type of things we need to do to reform the system. I would argue that the largest factor in our needing health care reform is because we strayed from the subsidiarity/solidarity/charity/corporal works of mercy idea. Health insurance was a good idea and in keeping with subsidiarity, however the effect of it becoming a fringe benefit of employment and the costs being fueled and supported by employers transformed the industry and how we view health care for the worse. GovMed will only exacerbate the problem.

    Great work, Steve, and God bless you for your efforts to care for our brothers.

  • It sounds like very good work they do. I hope something similar appears in the Diocese of Arlington.

  • Yay!

    If this can get a lot of good word-of-mouth around, maybe even more will pop up….