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Health centers treating more uninsured patients

NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted Feb. 15, 2010

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For each half-million dollars federally qualified community health centers receive, the facilities can treat an additional 540 uninsured patients, according to "Funding Growth Drives Community Health Center Services," published in the February Health Affairs.

The study's authors measured the impact of health centers' recent funding growth on their staffs, scope of services and provision of uncompensated care. The number of community health centers and their funding amounts have increased dramatically in the last decade, allowing the centers to treat more than 20 million patients, including 25% of the nation's 3.4 million low-income children. Federal grants more than quadrupled, from $550 million in 1990 to $2.2 billion in 2010. The number of health centers reached 1,200 in 2007, up from 750 in 2001.

An abstract of the article is available online (link).

Note: This item originally appeared at http://www.ama-assn.org/amednews/2010/02/15/gvbf0215.htm.

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