Our vision: No medical services should be forgone due to financial insecurity
Our mission: To provide equal access to essential medical services by offering free health insurance to underprivileged populations
Accessible Medics is a Toronto-based non-profit organization founded in September 2017 with the goal of making equal access to emergency healthcare a reality for all Canadians. The main charitable operation of Accessible Medics is providing low-income Canadians with subsidized ambulance transport insurance. An ambulance ride can be the difference between life and death, but 42% of Canadians would delay calling 911 because they are worried about the cost of paramedic service. With ambulance fees not fully covered by provincial healthcare plans, those without private insurance may have to make a heartbreaking decision: risk driving themselves and their families, or pay the bill.
“Working as a Medical First Responder, I was astounded by the poor access to emergency medical services experienced by new immigrants, refugees, people experiencing homelessness, and many other marginalized communities”
– Kevin Zhou, Founder & Director
Accessible Medics is a non-profit organization that aims to eliminate the barriers to life-saving paramedic care. We encourage those experiencing financial stress to make the emergency call by providing ambulance transport insurance free of charge. Individuals submit an application and those who are eligible receive coverage for unforeseen, medically necessary ambulance charges. Once a claim is made, the patient’s fee will be completely waived or heavily subsidized. Our goal is to ensure no one is left out in the cold when it matters the most.
“Worrying about the bills when you’re worrying about your child dying – those two things should not be in the same picture”
Accessible Medics consists of two levels of organization, the national branch and university chapters. The national branch is responsible for overseeing charitable projects, whereas university chapters focus on fundraising and increasing awareness for the cause.
Money is raised to provide families with the reassurance that they will be financially able to access an ambulance in emergencies. This is accomplished through accepting donations from the general public and corporations. Potential donors are able to make a cash contribution, or order various merchandise through an online store, with 100% of proceeds going towards the cause. Accessible Medics chapters also exist at major universities to contribute to fundraising efforts.