Although Dr. Joseph D. DiMase and the gastroenterology fellows he was teaching at Brown University’s Medical School were working as hard as they could, they still had a huge backlog of patients in the Rhode Island Hospital colonoscopy clinic for the uninsured.
Uninsured patients waited as long as 18 months for colonoscopies, with more than 800 on the waiting list and the doctors unable to make a dent in that number.
Sidelined by his own illness, Dr. DiMase decided that change was critical. He started visiting his colleagues around the state, persuading them to do just five free colonoscopies every year. He talked hospitals into participating, and all but two Rhode Island hospitals joined in the effort. Read the rest of this entry »