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Free Clinics Play Important Role for Uninsured in U.S.
Date:6/14/2010

e clinics provide a range of preventive and general medical care for an estimated 10 percent of the working-age uninsured population who seek care," according to the release on the study, which was conducted when Darnell was with the University of Chicago.

"Free clinics have passed the point in history when they can exist below the radar. At the same time, policymakers and other safety net providers must acknowledge the important role that free clinics play. Formal integration of free clinics into the safety net has the potential to strengthen the overall health system, which is important regardless of the outcomes of the national health reform debate," Darnell concluded.

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The American College of Emergency Physicians has more about access to care for the uninsured.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: JAMA/Archives journals, news release, June 14, 2010


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