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Recession forces more people to rely on community clinics

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Will the point at which everyone stops pretending that the healthcare bill has anything to do with healthcare, let alone cost savings, never arrive? The statists provide false premises, false goals, false reasoning and the media accepts each and sets off to discover whether the statists’ plan will “work.” Their plan is working.

The health Care topic is just another political attraction for the masses to argue over. And just the thought of everyone in America being sick enough to prevent them from becoming successful scares me to death. What we’ve lost is common sense, and the passing down of motherly knowledge about what to do at home for common instances which do not require the services of a doctor or an armada of nurses. Now days, if a kid sneezes…. Oh my God, that has to be worthy of medical attention. All this hype about sickness and poverty is B.S. What we should do is let the old folks die, and stop trying to save every sickly soul from everything. There are plenty of people. Almost none of us will be remembered for long after we perish from the earth. Almost none of us has accomplished anything of real value for anyone but ourselves. Almost everyone has a sad tale to tell, or a story of injustice. Is the ruckus really about helping others? Or is it mostly about helping ourselves?

Community clinics have key role in health reform

SAN JOAQUIN, Calif. — Francisco Lupercio has insurance for his house, his truck and the store he runs with his wife. But he can’t afford health insurance, so he joined dozens of other people lining up for exams at a community clinic.

As the recession grinds on, more and more people are relying on taxpayer-supported health centers that offer care on a sliding fee scale. If Congress passes a law giving more Americans access to health insurance, the clinics will also be a critical element to ramping up capacity to care for millions of new patients.

“There is going to be a wave of chronically ill people,” said Tanir Ami, executive director of the Community Clinic Consortium for Contra Costa and Solano counties, east of San Francisco. “We’re well positioned to care for them.”


At the San Joaquin Health Center, in California’s rural heartland, Lupercio and other patients lined up for services. Among them was Maria Gomez, the wife of a farmworker who drove from the nearby town of Cantua Creek to have her 5-year-old son’s eyes checked.

The farmworker used to pick tomatoes, onions and cotton alongside her husband, but a drought and the sour economy have left them both without jobs. Now they have no insurance and no income.

Her own visit to the optometrist is no longer covered after California cut benefits such as dental and eye care for adults from the state’s Medicaid program.

“I will always put my children’s health first, but I wonder what will happen tomorrow? What will happen if even this clinic goes away?” she asked.

The centers cut health costs by providing primary care to a population that might otherwise delay treatment and end up in an emergency room — a far more expensive alternative.

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Calif. Community Clinics Report 50% Increase in New Uninsured Patients

On average, California’s 800 clinics and community health centers have seen a 50% increase in newly uninsured patients this year, according to the California Primary Care Association, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Officials say the recession and rising unemployment are leading more Californians to seek medical care from the state’s safety net clinics and 19 public hospitals.

California’s community health centers generally are run by public agencies or not-for-profit organizations. Some clinics are federally qualified to receive higher Medi-Cal reimbursements because they operate in underserved areas and offer services to all patients, regardless of ability to pay.

Full article at California Healthline

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