For over 20 years, physicians and other health care professionals statewide have donated their services to thousands of uninsured and underinsured children through the Medical Services Project (MSP), a program of the Arizona Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AzAAP).
At a little cost to their families, school-aged children receive health-related services including pediatric primary care and specialty referrals, prescription medication, diagnostic laboratory services and eyeglasses.
Based on referrals from school and public health nurses, MSP connects physicians to Arizona’s uninsured and underinsured children from low-income families which do not otherwise qualify for health care coverage. The children receive low-cost medical appointments with participating physicians who believe that access to care for children should not be restricted to only those who have health coverage. The doctors and nurses who participate in Medical Services Project give very generously of their time and talent to MSP.
Unfortunately, for many of Arizona’s families, this program is their only resource for access to medical care for their children. Without intervention, many of these children would experience chronic health care concerns that can become exacerbated as they grow and could affect their success in school and in life.
To help assure that these children receive adequate medical care and prompt attention, which is so vital to good health, MSP welcomes donations from the public. These funds go toward the purchase of items such as medical supplies and equipment, as well as prescriptions and eyeglasses.