Virginia Free Clinics By The Numbers
A solid investment of resources for greater healthcare impact, VAFCC member clinics leveraged a collective operating budget of $56 million into more than $117 million worth of care – made possible through collaborative partnerships, in-kind support, dedication of volunteers, and the generosity of donors.
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 healthcare inquities and disparities in our communities. During a significant public health crisis, like the COVID-19 pandemic, free clinics responded 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. Clinics also innovated to create post-COVID care clinics for recovering patients that required ongoing management of a wide variety of long-term COVID-related health issues in addition to making the vaccine accessible to the vulnerable populations who need it..