Objective: To assess the delivery of advanced specialized medical care using The Partnered Care Model as a means of providing affordable access to all, irrespective of ability to pay.
Design and Methods: A retrospective analysis of all persons presenting to a specialized, private, cardiac unit, The Bahamas Interventional Cardiology Center (BICC), over an 8.5-year period from March 1996 to September 2004 was conducted. The Bahamas Heart Center’s Discounted Service System had been applied since inception to all patients in three groups including insured patients billed at 100% of the fee schedule of The Medical Association of the Bahamas for the procedures performed, private self-pay and government patients billed at 75% and 50% respectively. Their respective distribution and contributions to total revenue was analyzed. A series of financial models were constructed taking into consideration variables that could influence the percentages of revenues collected from each sector and the number of individuals served.
Results: One thousand five-hundred and forty-two patients received services in BICC over the 8.5 year period (56% males and 44% females age range: 0.25 – 96 years, with mean age of 55.7 years). One thousand eight-hundred and eighty-eight patient-procedures were performed, with 51% insured generating
69% total revenue, 18% Private producing 16% Revenue, and 31% Government patients generating 15%. Financial models were created to predict revenue behaviour in various scenarios.
Conclusion: Partnered Care is a viable alternative for Governments (Ministries of Health) of developing countries to provide costly specialized healthcare to their populations at minimal expense and capital outlay. Partnered Care reduces the otherwise overwhelming burden of healthcare cost to governments, particularly in developing countries, by sharing the burden of care between the private, user and government sectors.