As Congress and the Administration develop plans for the future of health care in this country, it is imperative that the voices of the medically underserved and those who serve them are heard.
1.9 million people receive 5.9 million patient visits annually at America’s 1,200 Free and Charitable Clinics. This is accomplished by dedicated staff and over 160,000 volunteers, including 30,000 medical providers, 21,000 nurses and almost 71,000 non-medical volunteers.
On behalf of our patients, the NAFC and our clinics have reached out directly to the Administration and Congressional members, encouraging them to put people over politics, to make health care and medication both accessible and affordable, to encourage volunteerism, to protect the charitable deduction and to recognize the important work of Free and Charitable Clinics in our country.
Given our network’s direct connection to medically underserved and their providers and given we are grassroots medicine at its finest, our on-the-ground connection to the medically underserved and uninsured should be considered a benefit to those who are trying to make our country healthier and more health care cost-conscious. It is truly our hope that Congress and the Administration will work closely with us to help build a healthier America, one person at a time.