Demand for Free Clinics Higher
Despite Obamacare's purported affordable care for everyone, demand for free clinics is on the rise.
“Since ACA [Affordable Care Act] was passed, there’s a real misconception that free clinics are on the way out,” said Johanna Henz, executive director for Lake County Free Clinic in Painesville. “There’s two primary things happening here. People have easier access to Medicaid, but Lake County doesn’t have a lot of providers who accept Medicaid or there’s difficulty finding a provider that is accepting new Medicaid patients. If you have the flu today but you can only be seen three months from now, that doesn’t help you.”Free clinics are generally supported by donations and grants from charitable foundations. Read more here.
More common, she added, are patients who bought low-cost bronze plans on the ACA health insurance marketplace but can’t afford the $6,000 deductible.
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