CareNet is a local non-profit partnership that strives to improve access to healthcare for low-income, uninsured residents of Lucas County. CareNet members receive healthcare through local primary care clinics, hospitals and other service agencies. Many area medical specialists also volunteer to see CareNet members. CareNet is not an insurance program. It neither guarantees free care nor care for every medical condition. There is no membership charge to belong to CareNet.
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CareNet is not health insurance and does not pay for healthcare services. Primary care is provided free or on a sliding fee scale. Any service provided by an agency or individual that does not participate in the CareNet program will result in charges to the member. All specialty care services must be scheduled through the CareNet office or primary care site, not by the member; services scheduled by the member are subject to charges.
CareNet has agreements with Lucas County hospitals for many of their services:
A CareNet member’s primary care physician submits a specialty referral to CareNet’s office.
Due to a shortage of volunteer physicians, specialty consults are limited or sometimes unavailable. If unavailable, the CareNet member and primary care physician will discuss alternative options.
– All CareNet members receive information about discount pharmacy cards, area generic programs (WalMart, Kroger, etc.) and pharmaceutical partnership assistance programs.
– Clinics associated with the Neighborhood Health Association and the Toledo/Lucas County Health Department have low-cost pharmacy services for their patients only.
– TARTA provides 16 one-way or 8 round-trips per year to and from medical appointments only.
– A valid CareNet card must be shown to the bus driver.
– For members unable to utilize TARTA, CareNet may be able to make other arrangements, such as TARPS.
– Members must re-enroll every year or as required by their primary care site.
– CareNet maintains a “three strikes and you’re out” policy.
– Failure to follow the guidelines set by CareNet may result in termination of the membership. Typical violations include: