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With the proper funds, free clinics are able to offer low cost (mean of donation request/fee is $9.30) or free of charge visits for patients (Darnell, 2010). During the visit, patients are able to seek care from a provider and in addition, receive laboratory or radiographic services, if available at their free clinic (Darnell, 2010). However, free clinics often face a challenge in finding long-standing funds to support their cause. The National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics has reported an overall 20% decrease in clinic funding (Birs, 2016). Reach Out of Montgomery County, a free clinic in Dayton, Ohio, experienced a fund loss that left a 21% decrease in their typical budget (2017 Annual Report). Their funding partnerships with Montgomery County Human Service Levy (HSL) and United Way (UW) of Greater Dayton Area were terminated, due to change of direction towards a UW national theme in poverty (2017 Annual Report). In addition to Reach Out, a free clinic in Florida reports experiencing a budget cut as their clinic lost a 3-year grant that would have provided $100,000 in funding (Fantozzi, 2015). The clinics’ cessation of monetary support thus results in a tighter budget they are forced to operate on, which can cause added pressure to fulfill the needs of the underinsured. This poster will highlight the loss of funding free clinics are experiencing with a special focus on Reach Out of Montgomery County.
Nancy Gilles Romer, Kathleen C Scheltens
Primary Advisor's Department
Stander Symposium poster
"Free Clinics are Losing Funding" (2019). Stander Symposium Posters. 1671.