Community Clinics Face COVID-19 Crisis

Skyrocketing demand and severe cuts in funding leave clinics that serve the poor and underinsured teetering on the brink. NBC’s Sarah Dallof reports.

Demand has skyrocketed at nearly three quarters of their 1,400 locations.

Meanwhile, donations have dropped more than 50 percent.

“The worst case scenario is free and charitable clinics run out of money and they have to close,” Lamourexu says.

In Utah, two state-funded health clinics have already closed and a third may join them due to COVID-19 budget cuts.

They served up to 14,000 patients a year, many with chronic conditions and from marginalized populations.