The Volunteer Physician Network is a coordinated system of volunteer doctors and hospitals that provide free medical care to uninsured patients referred to us by the free clinics in Central Iowa.


 




If you are sick and need to see a doctor, you can go to any one of the free clinics listed and they will treat you for free. If the doctor at the free clinic finds a problem that needs another doctor, they will refer you to the Polk County Medical Society Volunteer Physician Network (VPN) program and get you a specialist at no cost.

The VPN program will get the patient a specialist if they need one, and will get x-rays, lab tests, and hospitalization for the patient if the doctor says you need to go to the hospital. Hospitalization is free to patients who go through the VPN program.

 


Before being accepted in the VPN program to see a specialist, you must:

  • Visit a free clinic to see a doctor. If the free clinic says you need to see a specialist, you will get one.
  • You must be uninsured, underinsured or undocumented.
  • You are not eligible for any other government programs.
  • The clinic will ask you to sign a form that says you understand your part in the free care program with the specialist.
  • Some clinics or hospitalization will require you to fill out paperwork on your income prior to seeing a specialist or being hospitalized.
  • Your income level must be 200% or below the federal poverty guidelines.
  • You must reside in Iowa




  • # in Household

    200% of Federal Poverty Guidelines (2009)

    1

    $21,660

    2

    $29,140

    3

    $36,620

    4

    $44,100

    5

    $51,580

    6

    $59,060

    7

    $66,540

    8

    $74,020

    9+

    For each additional person add $7,480.

     




      The doctors in our program volunteer to treat uninsured patients in their office for free.
      If a doctor says you need surgery or hospitalization, the hospital will donate all of the services and you will be treated for free.

    1. The doctors and hospitals take turns treating patients so the free care they offer is evenly shared among them.

    2. The specialists do not discriminate due to race, religion, color, sex, disability, age, ancestry, or other traits.

    3. The doctors only make medical decisions about treatment. Those decisions remain between the doctors and patients.

    4. Volunteer Physician Network does not guarantee that all of the medical services a patient may need will be available through the program on a donated basis.




    Q. How do I know if I can be in the program?
    A. You must be uninsured, underinsured or undocumented. Your income must be 200% or less than the federal poverty level and you can't be eligible for any other government programs. Check the chart to see if you meet the income guidelines.

    Q. Can I be in this program if I work?

    A. Yes. Many patients referred to our program work, your income must be 200% or less than the federal poverty level. Check the chart to see if you meet the income guidelines.

    Q. How do I get in the program?

    A. Visit any free clinic listed and they will treat you for free. If the free clinic says you need a specialist, they will refer you to our program.

    Q. Is there a lot of paperwork to complete?

    A. Some clinics and hospitals will require you to fill out paperwork on your income prior to seeing a specialist or going to a hospital.

     











    For a complete listing of participating clinics -click here.

    Alphabetical List of Clinics in the Greater Des Moines Area:

    Broadlawns Medical Clinic-Primary Care Clinic
    1801 Hickman Rd.
    Des Moines, IA 50314
    515-282-2200
    7:30-4:30 p.m.
    www.broadlawns.org/primary-care-clinic.cfm

    Christ the King Free Clinic
    5711 SW 9th St.
    Des Moines, IA 50315
    515-271-1642
    (Please call for clinic hours)
    www.freeclinicsofiowa.org

    Corinthian Child Health Clinic
    814 School St.
    Des Moines, IA 50309
    515-271-1642
    (Please call for clinic hours)
    www.freeclinicsofiowa.org

    House of Mercy
    1409 Clark St.
    Des Moines, IA 50314
    515-643-6525
    M. W Th. F. 8:30-4:30 p.m. & T 9-4 p.m. Closed daily for lunch 11:30-12:30 p.m.
    www.houseofmercydesmoines.org

    Islamic Center Free Clinic
    6201 Franklin Ave.
    Des Moines, IA 50322
    515-271-1642
    (Please call for clinic hours)
    www.freeclinicsofiowa.org

    Jim Ellefson Free Medical Clinic
    1601 E. 33rd St.
    Des Moines, IA 50317
    515-271-1642
    (Please call for clinic hours)
    www.freeclinicsofiowa.org

    La Clinicia De La Esperanza
    2679 Maury St.
    Des Moines, IA 50317
    515- 244-6162
    M. W. Th. 8-5 p.m. Th. 8-7 p.m. & F. 8-3 p.m.
    No website listed

    Mae E. Davis Free Medical Clinic
    1312 Maple St.
    West Des Moines, IA 50266
    515-271-1642
    (Please call for clinic hours)
    www.freeclinicsofiowa.org

    Maple Street Baptist Free Medical Clinic
    1552 Maple St.
    Des Moines, IA 50316
    515-271-1642
    (Please call for clinic hours)
    www.freeclinicsofiowa.org

    Margaret Cramer Clinic
    2725 Merle Hay Rd.
    Des Moines, IA 50310
    515-271-1642
    (Please call for clinic hours)
    www.freeclinicsofiowa.org

    Polk County Health Department
    1907 Carpenter Ave.
    Des Moines, IA 50314
    515-286-3798
    M. W. Th. F. 8-5 p.m. & T. 8-7 p.m.
    www.polkcountyiowa.gov/health

    Primary Health Care
    East Side Center
    3509 E. 29th St.
    Des Moines, IA 50317
    515-248-1600
    M - Th. 8-8 p.m. F. 8-5 p.m. & Sat. 9-12 p.m.
    www.phcinc.net

    Primary Health Care
    Engebretsen Clinic
    2353 S.E. 14th St.
    Des Moines, IA 50320
    515-248-1400
    M-F 8-5 p.m.
    www.phcinc.net

    Primary Health Care
    Outreach Project
    979 Oakridge Dr.
    Des Moines, IA 50314
    515-248-1500
    M T Th. F 8-4 p.m. & Wed. 8-3:15 p.m.
    www.phcinc.net

    Southeast Polk Children's Clinic
    600 1st Ave. N.
    Altoona, IA 50009
    515-271-1642
    (Please call for clinic hours)
    www.freeclinicsofiowa.org

    St. Luke's Clinic
    1421 W. Broadway
    Polk City, IA 50226
    515-271-1642
    (Please call for clinic hours)
    www.freeclinicsofiowa.org

    Venus Family Planning
    100 E. Euclid Ave. Ste. 129
    Des Moines, IA 50314
    515-558-9585
    M & T 8-5 p.m. Wed. 8-11:30 a.m. Thurs. 9-6 p.m. & Fri. 8-5 p.m.
    www.venusfamilyplanning.org

    Visiting Nurse Services
    1111 9th St., Ste. 320
    Des Moines, IA 50314
    515-288-1516
    M-F 8-4:30 p.m.
    www.vnsdm.org

    Waukee Area Christian Free Clinic
    1155 Boone Dr.
    Waukee, IA 50263
    515-271-1642
    (Please call for clinic hours)
    www.freeclinicsofiowa.org

     

    Alphabetical List of Clinics in Iowa:

    AMES:
    Ames Free Medical Clinic
    508 Kellogg
    Ames, IA 50010
    515-271-1642
    (Please call for clinic hours)
    www.freeclinicsofiowa.org

    CLARINDA:
    Nodaway Valley Free Clinic
    823 S. 17th St.
    Clarinda, IA 52732
    515-271-1642
    (Please call for clinic hours)
    www.freeclinicsofiowa.org

    CLINTON:
    Gateway Free Clinic
    215 6th Ave. S.
    Clinton, IA 52732
    515-271-1642
    (Please call for clinic hours)
    www.freeclincsofiowa.org

    GRINNELL:
    Grinnell Regional Community Care Clinic
    306 4th Ave.
    Grinnell, IA 50112
    515-271-1642
    (Please call for clinic hours)
    www.freeclinicsofiowa.org

    KNOXVILLE:
    Good Samaritan Free Clinic
    308 E. Robinson
    Knoxville, IA 50318
    515-271-1642
    (Please call for clinic hours)
    www.freeclinicsofiowa.org

    MARSHALLTOWN:
    Primary Health Care
    Marshalltown Clinic
    412 E. Church St.
    Marshalltown, IA 50158
    641-753-4021
    M-F 8- 6:30 p.m.
    www.phcinc.net

    NEWTON:
    Jasper County Free Clinic
    300 N. 4th Ave. E.
    Newton, IA 50208
    515-271-1642
    (Please call for clinic hours)
    www.freeclinicsofiowa.org

    OSKALOOSA:
    Oskaloosa Free Clinic
    410 N. 12th St.
    Oskaloosa, IA 52577
    515-271-1642
    (Please call for clinic hours)
    www.freeclinicsofiowa.org

    PELLA:
    Good Samaritan Free Clinic
    605 Broadway
    Pella, IA 50219
    515-271-1642
    (Please call for clinic hours)
    www.freeclinicsofiowa.org

    WATERLOO:
    Allen Community Engagement Salvation Army Partnership
    207 Logan Ave
    Waterloo, IA 50703
    515-271-1642
    (Please call for clinic hours)
    www.freeclinicsofiowa.org

    EMA Free Medical Clinic
    205 Adams St., Ste. 1
    Waterloo, IA 50703
    515-271-1642
    (Please call for clinic hours)
    www.freeclinicsofiowa.org

    IHOPE Free Medical Clinic
    610 Allen St.
    Waterloo, IA 50702
    515-271-1642
    (Please call for clinic hours)
    www.freeclinicsofiowa.org

    Jubilee Community Health Clinic
    610 Allen St.
    Waterloo, IA 50702
    515-271-1642
    (Please call for clinic hours)
    www.freeclinicsofiowa.org

    WEBSTER CITY:
    Webster City Free Medical Clinic
    1440 E. 2nd St.
    Webster City, IA 50595
    515-271-1642
    (Please call for clinic hours)
    www.freeclinicsofiowa.org