Almost 17,000 patients experience more than 70,000 combined clinical visits to Outer Cape Health Services each year. Fully 82% of our revenue comes from patient care reimbursements, and from our two pharmacies. Eleven percent of our $22 million operating budget is derived from federal grant funds. The remaining 7% comes from fundraising (donations and events), other grants and miscellaneous revenue.
Incredibly, our former Chatham Road location in South Harwich handled more than 13,000 patient visits last year, despite housing only five exam rooms. Of all the areas we serve, perhaps none shows a greater need for accessible healthcare services than the Lower Cape. Seventy-two percent of the population in our service area resides there, but only 17% of that same population receives services from OCHS.
On the Lower and Outer Cape, existing private healthcare providers and the OCHS Harwich Port and Wellfleet health centers are all operating at or beyond capacity. New patients experience longer wait times. MassHealth patients especially struggle to locate providers who will accept their insurance, increasing the sense of urgency for those who need access to the responsive healthcare that distinguishes OCHS.