Virginia Free Clinics By The Numbers
As healthcare disparities worsen, free and charitable clinics remain vital resources in the health care delivery system in Virginia and across the country. Serving as the safety net for the low-income uninsured and underinsured, the free clinic of today is not simply an acute illness solution; it also provides a continuum of ongoing healthcare for individuals that present with multiple chronic conditions.
Free clinics are also extremely adaptable and establish new services to meet public health crisis as they emerge. The free clinic model also provides often-untapped opportunities for collaboration with academic medical centers providing a training ground for emerging health professionals and an incubator for novel research—both advancing care for patients.
Clinics are also leaders in their community, spearheading broad community collaborations resulting in healthier communities. Indeed free clinics are poised and ready to address many of today's public health concerns via a comprehensive care model that is critical to reducing the gap in healthcare disparities in our communities.