At We Care Manatee, we believe all Manatee County residents should have access to necessary medical care and we are committed to helping those who have no insurance and can’t afford to pay for the care they need.
You are eligible for our services if you meet all the conditions listed below:
- You are an adult age 18 to 64 years
- You have proof of residency in Manatee County
- You are at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty line
- You do not have health insurance
We do not provide services for:
- Persons with pending disability cases
- Victims of motor vehicle accidents still under investigation or not settled
- Workman’s Compensation cases from any state
- Patients involved in litigation or potential litigation regarding the specific condition
- Persons seeking second medical opinions
EXPLORE OUR SERVICES
Read more below or click the appropriate service option above this section.
We Care Manatee services encompass the following four programs:
If you are eligible for our programs and need to be treated by a specialist, our volunteer specialty physicians can provide you with free medical care, which may include diagnostic services and pharmaceutical assistance. The specialties we can refer you to may change depending on physician availability.
The current specialties we offer through this program include:
• Cardiothoracic Surgery
• EMG Testing
• General Surgery
• Gynecologic Oncology
• Oral Surgery
• Orthopedic Surgery
• Otolaryngology (ENT)
• Plastic/Reconstructive Surgery
• Radiation Oncology
If you need a specialist referral, your physician needs to fill out a special We Care Manatee referral form and send it to us. You will need to print and give this form to your physician. Your physician will need to return the completed form to us.
If you do not have a primary care physician, we can complete the form and make the referral through our free primary care clinic.
If you are being treated by a We Care Manatee volunteer physician, you may be eligible for free prescription medication.
You may be able to obtain a prescription voucher for up to a 30 day supply for prescription medication at no cost or a pharmacy discount card to assist in the payment of certain medications. Not all prescriptions will be covered and availability will be reviewed on a month-to-month basis. This allows your physician to be more effective on your behalf.
We do not prescribe birth control, antipsychotics, or controlled substance medication. We do not operate a pharmacy and we do not dispense drugs.
Once your physician gives you a referral and prescription for either a screening or diagnostic mammogram, We Care Manatee will be able to connect you with a provider for help. The program focuses on men and women ages 18-49. Please call 941-755-3952, Ext. 1 for more information.
If you do not have a primary care physician, please call our offices at 941-755-3952 Ext. 1 to schedule an appointment at our free clinic.
We offer the following services through the Breast Health Program:
• Screening mammogram
• Diagnostic mammogram
• Ultrasound, MRI
• Surgical consultation
If you are age 50 or older in need of breast screening or diagnostic service, we will refer you to the Florida Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (FBCCEDP), a Center for Disease (CDC) initiative administered locally by Manatee County Health Department.
We Care Manatee operates a Free Clinic that offers high-quality, accessible primary medical care to eligible low-income residents who do not have health insurance and who cannot afford the cost of a doctor’s visit.
Our free primary care clinic offers a wide range of services from routine health exams to the management of common chronic diseases. Qualified volunteer doctors, nurses, and other health practitioners promote good health by offering preventive care, early diagnosis screening, and effective treatment or medical management in a caring environment. We believe a patient-centered approach coupled with care coordination and health education results in better health outcomes. So in the event our clinic patients need a physician specialist, prescription, or additional diagnostic measures, we make every effort to coordinate care with available resources.
If you do not have a primary care physician, We Care Manatee operates a Free Clinic to provide primary medical care for all eligible Manatee County residents.
The clinic is located at :
300 Riverside Drive East
Bradenton, FL 34208
We are open from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. We are closed on Saturday and Sunday. To make your visit more timely and convenient, we suggest you call to make an appointment before coming into the clinic.
To learn more about our clinic or to make an appointment, please call the We Care Manatee office at 941-755-3952 Ext. 1
We Care Manatee primary care services include:
• General Medical Exams
• Physical Exams
• Assistance for some prescription drugs
• Referrals to specialty providers
• Referrals for breast mammography screening or diagnostic services
We do not provide:
• Routine Dental Care
• Routine Eye Exams
• Immunizations and Vaccinations
• Travel Shots
• Medical Care for Children
DOCUMENTS WE WILL NEED FROM YOU
Before we can make a specialist referral or deliver medical services, we will need some information from you, including a photo ID, residence (where you live), and income. We will help you complete any required forms.
Please refer to the chart below to make sure you have the documents you need with you when you come for your first visit. Please call us at 941-755-3952 Ext. 1 if you have any questions or need help.
Here's what our patients frequently ask us:
We are open for eligibility and prescription appointments Monday, Wednesday & Friday 10am to 5pm. We are closed all government and major holidays. If you require an appointment, please speak to someone before coming to the office by calling 941-755-3952 Ext. 1.
To qualify, you must meet our eligibility requirements. In order for us to process your referral, you will need to provide us with information about yourself, where you live, and your income.
Before we can refer you for specialty services, your doctor will need to send us a completed and signed referral form.
If you do not have a primary care physician, our free primary care clinic can make your referral.
No, however, we do suggest that you make an appointment with us to make sure we have all the information we need. Once your primary care physician recommends you see a specialist, completes and sends us a referral form and we have a specialist that can assist you, we will send you an information packet in the mail detailing the next steps. Once you receive our “blue” letter, please call our office to schedule a time to go through the eligibility process. Average turnaround time is one week.
Have your doctor fax it to our office at 941-870-8503 or drop it by or mail it to our office located at:
300 Riverside Drive East
Bradenton, FL 34208.
In order to be considered for our specialty physician program you MUST be referred by a physician. Manatee County Rural Health Services has many clinics in the area who see patients and charge fees based on a sliding scale. Another option would be to make an appointment at our free clinic by calling 941-755-3952. We also accept referrals from the emergency room.
We do not have a pharmacy.
We provide prescription drug assistance for patients who are being seen and treated by one of our volunteer specialists. We DO NOT provide assistance for pain management. For services related to prescriptions, please call 211 and ask for other options.
Not at this time.
If you are accepted into the We Care Manatee program, there is no cost to you. All of our physicians donate their time and talents to We Care Manatee.
If you need an MRI, X-ray, Scan, or other diagnostic testing, contact and apply for the Good County Assistance Program at the Manatee Memorial Hospital Cashier’s Office on the First Floor. Be prepared to present a valid Florida Driver’s License or ID card, Proof of Residency, Proof of Income, Most Recent Bank Statement and a Prescription for the test.
SEE WHAT OUR PATIENTS SAY ABOUT US
“I was so relieved to get the mammogram, I was concerned at I couldn’t afford it. Thanks.”
“I will encourage friends and others to make donations to this worthy organization and hope to do so myself one day. The surgery gave me my life back.”
“I have started to look for work and I hope to be able to return the favor.”
“It was a blessing at the most important time in my health history.”