Mountain People’s Health Councils, Inc. (MPHC) has proudly provided affordable healthcare options to the people in Scott and its surrounding counties for more than 40 years. The organization was formed in 1974 to help individuals and families that did not have access to medical care or otherwise could not afford to go to a doctor when they were sick. MPHC started with a single clinic in the coal mining community of Norma in Scott County, Tennessee and has continued to grow to meet the needs of the uninsured and underserved. By offering services on a sliding fee payment system MPHC is able to provide medical care to patients who do not have the financial resources to see a medical provider. The sliding fee discount program allows access to healthcare at a cost patients can more readily afford. All MPHC patients receive quality medical care without discrimination on the grounds of race, sex, religion, national origin or the ability to pay.
MPHC has 5 clinic locations in Scott County. The offices are located in the towns of Oneida, Huntsville, and Winfield and the communities of Elgin and Norma. MPHC’s services remain an essential part of the local healthcare community by providing affordable healthcare to the working poor and uninsured that so desperately need help.
MPHC employs 13 medical and behavioral health providers and a support staff of 70 full and part-time employees. Due to the rugged and mountainous terrain of the area each MPHC office is geographically located to ease the burden of travel on the patients. MPHC generates over $5,000,000 each year that helps fuel the local economy.
MPHC makes a difference to the local areas it serves by providing comprehensive services that include: Internal Medicine, Family and General Practice, laboratory services, X-ray, family planning, prenatal care, developmental screening, urgent care, immunizations, health education, hearing and vision screening, dental, mental health/substance abuse services and 24 hour call coverage for all of its patients. MPHC is very active in the healthcare community and is working with other local organizations to provide the services that are needed to reduce suffering caused by sickness and disease in the area.