Frequently Asked Questions
Doctors for Change (DFC) is an organization of health care professionals, established in early 2006, with a responsibility to address the problems of our local health care system. We serve as an educational resource for the entire community and as a forum through which you can advocate for better health care. Through meetings, committees, and special projects we hope to improve the delivery of health care to Harris County.
No. We are comprised of various types of health care professionals and individuals concerned about health care in Houston.
Actually, DFC is non-partisan and non-profit with 501(c)(3) status. We prefer to focus on the issues rather than the politics. Unless one is entirely happy with health care in the Houston area, we need change. Think of change as improvement.
The vast majority of the uninsured in Houston/Harris County are working people and their dependents. More than 1 million people, or 31.4% of the Houston/Harris County population have no health insurance, and an additional 500,000 are underinsured. Harris County has the highest rate of uninsured in Texas. Texas has the highest rate of uninsured in the United States. Twenty-five percent of children in Houston/Harris County are uninsured and at least 50 percent of them are eligible for Medicaid or CHIP.
Hospital emergency rooms in Houston/Harris County provide significant care to non-emergent patients and are on diversion almost 25% of the time. The chances of dying double when hospitals are on diversion, regardless of ability to pay.
With over 1 million uninsured residents, the safety net health services in Harris County are overburdened. Access to primary care, preventative medicine, and mental health services is extremely limited, leading to poor health outcomes, high emergency room usage, and high costs.
Join us for educational forums to learn more about our issues as well as potential solutions. All community members are encouraged to bring their own ideas and energy to our meetings, where you may find collaborative partners. Support our work through participation, membership, or donations.
If you have any additional questions or concerns, or if you’d simply like to receive more information about our organization, please reach out to us via email: