How to save $50 on your annual visit to Charleston, SC’s largest hospital
Charleston’s largest private hospital, the University of South Carolina, announced Wednesday it will begin a new, $50 savings card program that is aimed at boosting enrollment of low-income patients.
The Charleston Health System is the second-largest in the state, and it has been in crisis since the closure of its main hospital in Charleston, S.C., in July 2017.
The new card offers a $25 discount off a standard admission to the hospital, up to a maximum of $150.
The $25 card will go into effect July 1, 2019.
The announcement was made on a call with local media.
“We are going to do a lot of the stuff that we do for low- to moderate-income people, but the card we have, we’re going to make sure that the low- and moderate- income folks have access to,” said Charleston Health Secretary Mary Ann Jones.
“It’s really important to us that we get them into our system as quickly as possible.”
The Charleston card is a combination of the new $50 discount card and the Charleston Health Card, which is an annual enrollment card that is available for anyone who wants to enroll.
In addition, the new card is available to people who have already made a $50 payment on a Charleston Health plan or have already completed a 90-day trial period.
“For the Charleston card, we are also offering a $5 discount off the standard admission.
We’re going forward with the trial period because we want to give people the opportunity to try it and see how it works and then we’ll roll it out,” Jones said.
The Charleston card has a minimum $500 deductible, a $100 co-pay, a limit of one hospital visit per year and no limit on how much patients can charge.
As with all new enrollment programs, Charleston Health has said that people with income between 100 percent and 400 percent of the federal poverty level should enroll in the program.