Services Provided by GCHC
Prescription Assistance Medical Services Program (PAMS)
On May 28, 2004 the Gadsden County Community Health Council,
Inc. a group of concerned citizens and community leaders, implemented
a prescription assistance program that is currently housed in
the Gadsden County Community Hospital and operates Monday through
Friday from 8 am to 2pm. The Prescription Assistance Medical
Services Program (PAMS) is a subsidiary of the Gadsden Community
Health Council, Inc. and our VISION for Gadsden County is a community
with a comprehensive and integrated health care delivery system
that helps all its citizens accept responsibility for becoming
informed about, and committed to healthy lifestyle choices. The
program is a collaborative effort between the Gadsden County
Community Health Council, Inc., the Gadsden County Board of County
Commissioners, the Gadsden County Health Department, the Big
Bend Rural Health Network, and local physicians. The Prescription
Assistance Medical Services Program currently serves well over
300 patients in Gadsden County.
Patient Needs to Provide:
• Patients Social Security Card
• Patients Picture ID
• Last Year's W2s
• Most Recent Income Tax Return
• Doctors Name, Address and Phone Number
• Original Prescriptions
Steps in the Application Process:
1. Patient is referred by a physician or hears about the program.
2. Staff takes minimal medical history, reviews patient's medications
and income. Staff then matches them with possible drug company programs.
3. Once a match is found, staff creates a data file for the patient
and completes the application to the proper drug company for each
4. Staff then sends the application to the physician's office
for their signature.
5. The physician reviews the application and prescription and
signs the application.
6. The physician's office mails application(s) and script(s)
to the PAMS office.
7. Staff contacts the drug company via mail or phone and facilitates
the application process. (Average 4-6 weeks to process)
8. Medication is then shipped directly to the physician's office.
9. Physician's office staff contacts the patient and dispenses
the medication to the patient.