I am a physician at a federally funded nonprofit community clinic, and I am glad that someone is finally providing evidence of what our clinics do to ensure the overall health of our country. Your article accurately summed up the last 13 years of my work there.
Oftentimes I wonder if I'm crazy for still being there, but I believe in our mission to deliver comprehensive, high-quality care to the underserved. It is too bad that our country has struggled to understand that this model, a component of Obamacare, is necessary to reduce overall healthcare costs.
As well, wouldn't it be great if the patients would recognize and understand their responsibility as consumers?
Marlene S. Lopez, MD
As a volunteer physician, board member and donor at the Saban Free Clinic for 30 years, I have analyzed the budgets of safety-net clinics in great detail. Dan Hawkins, senior vice president of the National Assn. of Community Health Centers, believes that their future is competing with other providers. Really? These clinics cannot compete without massive federal subsidies and money from other sources.