Patient Care Program
The Patient Care Program was created to help Oregonians receive the eye and ear surgery or treatments they need but cannot afford. Qualified applicants receive quality medical treatment with dignity, confidentiality and compassion.
The Oregon Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation's Board of Trustees allocates funds each year for this program. The Patient Care Committee meets on the first Wednesday of every month to review applicants referred to the program from across the state. Each case is thoroughly examined and weighed against established qualifications and guidelines. Every year, the Committee is able to help an average of 80 people from all parts of the state and from all age groups.
Our Committee works hard to make the best use of its funds. Thanks to the generosity of doctors and hospitals across the state, the OLSHF pays for services at signifigantly reduced rates for each procedure we sponsor. This allows us to help more people each year.
The Patient Care Program does not consider applications for assistance with eyeglasses, contact lenses, hearing aids or assistive devices. Click here if you need assistance with an eye exam, eyeglasses or hearing aids.
How to Access This Program
Individuals calling the OLSHF Office for surgical assistance will be mailed an application and will be referred to their local Lion’s Club Sight and Hearing Chair to begin the application process.
The applicant must qualify for assistance under the Lions Patient Care Guidelines specified by the Oregon Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation's Board of Trustees.
To qualify, a client must:
Be a resident of the State of Oregon for at least 2 years.
Be sponsored by his or her local Lions, Lioness, Leo or Lions Auxiliary Club.
Be qualified according to the financial guidelines of the Lions Patient Care Program that are set at 150% of the Federal Poverty Level
Be without other resources to pay for treatment. This includes private insurance coverage.
It should be noted that the Lions Foundation is considered a "court of last resort." All other possible resources should be exhausted before the Lion's Patient Care Program is accessed.
To access forms for this program, please visit our Forms and Brochures section.