About Our Specialty Care program

Connecting low-income, uninsured residents with volunteer physicians.

We Care Manatee connects low-income, uninsured adult residents of Manatee County, FL with free, quality medical care and resources.

 

Patients receive the treatment they need to keep them healthy, out of local emergency rooms and on the job!

Referrals to Specialists

When your primary doctor needs help managing your care, he or she can request a consultation with one of our volunteer specialists.

If accepted, you will see that specialist in their office.

Recommendations from the specialist and notes regarding any treatment provided will be sent to your doctor so that they can manage your ongoing care.

HOW IT WORKS

See your primary care.

Your doctor sends us a referral for the specialist you need to see. Records are required that tell us why you need specialty care.

You bring us proof of income, proof that you live in Manatee County and a valid picture ID.

If eligible, we match you with one of our volunteer specialists to receive care.

Specialty Healthcare Services Available

(subject to change)

  • Cardiology
  • Dermatology

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get started?

Becoming a client starts with a referral from your physician or clinic where you get your medical care.

All referrals should be faxed to 941-870-8503 and should include:

If you don’t have a physician, call our office at 941-755-3952 and we can help find a clinic to see you.

How do I qualify for the Specialty Program?

You may be eligible if:

What documents do I need to provide?
  • Identification: Driver’s License, Passport, Florida ID Card, Permanent Resident Alien Card
  • Proof of Age: Driver’s License, Passport, State ID Card
  • Manatee County address: Utility Bill, Lease Agreement, Bank/Bill Statement or mailed government document
  • Income verification: 4 Weeks of Pay Stubs, Employer Verification, Self-employed Record.  If Not Working – Letter of Support from someone who is providing for your needs.

CLIENT TESTIMONIALS

Turning Fear into Hope

Saadia Barhoumi used to feel sick and scared all the time. She waited a year to seek follow-up treatment after a doctor told her that a condition in her brain that was causing memory loss and a tingling sensation akin to having ants crawling across your face and body might be Multiple Sclerosis (MS).

“Doctors are so expensive. I didn’t have any money. I couldn’t pay. I thought, I’m pretty sure I’m going to die,” said Barhoumi, who was forced into early retirement because of severe asthma triggered by stress.

The words care, compassion, dignity and warmth spring up frequently as she shares her experience with We Care Manatee. She was referred to the organization by her doctor.

A specialist We Care Manatee referred Barhoumi to determined that she has a treatable condition that is causing her brain to age prematurely. She undergoes periodic MRIs to monitor the condition and is on a regimen of Vitamin B-12 shots. Being able to get needed medical care has reduced her stress level, which enables her to control her asthma. Barhoumi says being better able to control her asthma enables her to use less of the costly asthma medication she takes, which helps keep costs down, and means there will be more for others in need.

She says that unfortunately, people with limited resources, who are uninsured and in need are often treated in a dismissive manner.

“Here at We Care Manatee they show you warmth, they take the time to explain things and listen to you. They don’t treat you different, you feel like you’re more than a number or just money. You feel like they care. I love it here because I am made to feel like a human being, like I matter!”

Thoughtful, reflective and soft spoken, Barhoumi eagerly expresses gratitude for the care she received to treat her existing condition, and for the preventative screenings she receives now.

“When I came to We Care Manatee Kyle told me ‘don’t worry about anything. We’re going to help you.’ I feel safe. I don’t feel sick anymore, and I don’t feel scared. I feel confident about the treatment I receive. I know I am in good hands.”

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