Virginia Free Clinics By The Numbers
In the best of times, free clinics are poised and ready to address public health concerns via a holistic, comprehensive care model that is critical to reducing the gap in healthcare disparities in our communities.
During a significant public health crisis, like COVID-19 pandemic, free clinics were able to respond quickly, implementing telemedicine and other strategies to safely meet the ongoing health care needs of uninsured patients, helping to prevent an escalation of the virus, reduced unnecessary emergency room (ER) visits, and preserved hospital capacity.
A solid investment of resources for greater healthcare impact, VAFCC member clinics leveraged a collective operating budget of $42 million into more than $144 million worth of care – made possible through collaborative partnerships, in-kind support, dedication of volunteers, and the generosity of donors.
Extremely adaptable, free clinics are able to establish new services to meet public health needs as they emerge. The free clinic model also provides often-untapped opportunities for collaboration with community partners as well as academic medical centers providing a training ground for emerging health professionals and an incubator for novel research—both advancing care for underserved patients.
Through the dedication and work of Virginia's free clinics, we continue to see the benefit of free clinics as a solid investment of resources for greater healthcare impact.