“Winter is coming.” - Game of Thrones
Today, September 10, more than 30 of Capitol Hill’s restaurants and coffee shops will donate a portion (at least 10-percent) of the day’s revenue to County Doctor Community Health Centers (CDCHC).
CDCHC, a 42-year-old institution, maintains two clinics on Capitol Hill and in the Central District that provide comprehensive primary and preventive health care to anyone, regardless of their ability to pay.
“Regardless of insurance status or financial circumstances, anyone is welcome,” CDCHC Development Director Emily Bader told The Capitol Hill Times.
The two clinics tend to over 17,000 individual patients each year, totaling about 64,000 visits. More than half (53-percent) these patients have no insurance, and 67-percent live at or below the poverty line
How does CDCHC receive funding? It’s a combination of public and private forces, plus service fees, which are based on a person’s income, and range from $15 to $40. Those who are unable to pay the $15 minimum will still receive the same level of care as someone who has private insurance.
Quoting a patient, Bader said, “Everywhere else you go, the first thing they ask you is what is your insurance? At County Doctor the first thing they ask you is what’s wrong with you?”
Participating restaurants include:
Cha Cha Lounge
Lost Lake Café & Lounge
Olympia Pizza III
Piecora New York Pizza
Poco Wine & Spirits