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|March 10, 2014 11:02 a.m.|
|Teva Pharmaceuticals and Volunteers in Medicine Partner to Expand Access to Healthcare in the U.S.|
Currently, there are 96 VIM clinics in 29 states, providing free general primary care, medications and patient education programs – as well as specialized services such as pediatrics, dentistry, ophthalmology and counseling at some clinics – to thousands of people without access to care. This partnership will strengthen VIM’s ability to open additional clinics across the U.S., increase support services to VIM clinics, and promote awareness of the organization. In addition, Teva will provide monetary contributions to support the operations of VIM clinics located near a Teva business presence.
“At Teva, we make quality healthcare accessible to patients around the
world. This is not only a business objective, but also a philanthropic
Teva provides access to healthcare not only through its business model of developing, manufacturing and marketing high quality generic and specialty medicines, but also through significant philanthropic programs, complemented by key alliances with partners – such as VIM – that advance a common commitment to address unmet medical needs.
VIM supports communities by offering planning assistance at no charge to local organizing individuals or teams that have identified the need for a VIM clinic. VIM staff members guide the clinic development process, providing resources, insight, and support through each phase of the clinic development process. Once open, each clinic becomes a member of the VIM Alliance, eligible to receive ongoing services from the national office.
“This partnership is a tremendous opportunity for VIM and Teva to
achieve mutual goals of expanding the delivery of healthcare services to
the uninsured,” said
VIM patients have nowhere else to go for healthcare services: they earn too much to qualify for government assistance; work in low-wage jobs that do not offer health insurance; or earn too little to purchase health insurance on their own. Teva and VIM look forward to working together in 2014, helping to provide access to quality healthcare to these patients around the country.
About Volunteers in Medicine (VIM): Volunteers in Medicine assists communities in the development of free health care clinics for America’s uninsured. These clinics emphasize the use of retired and community volunteers to deliver quality health care services. www.volunteersinmedicine.org