Role of Free Clinics in the Rural Safety Net

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Project funded:
September 2013
Project completed:
September 2015

This two-part study will combine a mapping project that documents the location of free clinics across the US with a telephone survey of the 21 state and 2 regional free clinic associations.


  • Free Clinics in the Rural Safety Net, 2014
    Policy Brief
    South Carolina Rural Health Research Center
    Date: 09/2015

    This brief explores two issues. First, we examine where free clinics are located and describe their availability in rural counties across all 50 states. This information was derived from clinic listings on the website of the National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics (NAFC). Second, through telephone interviews with leadership at 14 of the 21 state free clinic associations, we explore issues facing free clinics during the current period of change. Issues examined include perceived changes in demand subsequent to implementation of the Affordable Care Act and different funding models and strategies used by free clinics.