Episode 21 | Community Health: How Free Clinics Provide for Low-Income Individuals

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock you’ve probably heard a lot of debate about the skyrocketing cost of healthcare in the United States. With the expansion of Medicaid and other reforms that were a part of the Affordable Care Act, many people gained access to government-subsidized health insurance,. But that doesn’t mean that going to the doctor is any cheaper. 

In the complex web of insurance, citizenship status, and income instability many patients fall through the cracks. For those people, Community Health and many other free clinics around the country are providing healthcare completely free of charge, no insurance required. 

How can they afford to see all these patients for free? Where do the patients get medications, labs, or even surgery? Vicki Chester and Ava Zeligson from Community Health answer all those questions and more on today’s episode.

You can find out more information about the clinic at communityhealth.org

Episode produced by: Nate, Rasa