NORTH HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Quinnipiac University is offering free health services, specifically diagnostic imaging, for the uninsured and under-insured.
Community Access Imaging offers a number of high tech tools to help diagnose patients who are referred to the free program.
It’s Friday — and the doors to the Community Access Imaging on the North Haven campus of Quinnipiac University are open She has no health insurance.
“We do not have a shortness of people that require this type of specialty coverage,” said Dr. Ramon Gonzalez, who started the program.
Patients like Veronica Cortes, who have no health insurance and very little or no option are provided a number of free diagnostic imaging, such as CT scans, ultrasound, and MRIs, to get a clear picture of what ails them.
“We have found things like brain aneurysms, tumors in the lungs, tumors in the kidneys,” said Dr. Gonzalez.
Patients who are eligible must be referred by the Fair Haven Community Health Center or Project Access in New Haven.
Cortes has pain in her right knee, but speaks very little English, so translators are ready. With no insurance companies involved, Dr. Gonzalez says he and his team are better able to coordinate their health care.
“We are able to do all these sophisticated studies that normally would take a long time to be approved by insurance companies, and most of them would be denied,” he said.
Not only do the patients benefit, graduate student Patricia Landino is getting hands on experience.
“Just being able to look at all the scans with Dr. Gonzalez and going over the films. Just more clinical, more that I can learn, more pathology I’m seeing with the patients. Just really rewarding to be able to provide that service to the patients,” she said.
The service is equipped with the latest high-tech tools, most of which major corporations donated.
The clinic on the school’s North Haven Campus is only open on Fridays, and again, patients must be referred.