The need for free and charitable clinics is not going away as a de facto by-product of health care reform. However, the landscape is changing significantly enough that it will force clinics to understand how the legislation, and resulting implementation, will affect their future role in the health care safety net. Clinic boards and executives need to give careful, concerted, and continuing consideration to the changes that will be occurring around them in the coming months and years. They need to be armed with knowledge, tools, and resources to help them in this process. This guide provides those resources.
This is the nation’s first comprehensive manual to aid free/charitable clinics in understanding health care reform and to making informed decisions.
GCCN is celebrating its tenth year of operation in 2013. It is the statewide association of charitable and free medical and dental clinics, and individual providers.
Providers of charitable care are uniquely benevolent. When GCCN was founded in 2003 as the Georgia Free Clinic Network, the leaders envisioned a network of compassionate care givers brought together to create a voice more powerful than could be realized in a local community, which ultimately would create a high performing safety net in Georgia. GCCN advocates on behalf of its members on all issues affecting them. We provide timely networking opportunities. We work with communities interested in starting a clinic. We solicit funding sources to distribute to members. We connect donated medications and goods between the donors and clinics. We investigate new technology issues, such as the most effective software for clinic needs. We conduct conferences and meetings for clinic staff and volunteers—all to help our members serve their patients in the most efficient and effective way possible.
In the early days of our nation’s history, the Founding Fathers wrote a constitution and created a system of government with limited powers. The poor would be cared for by charities or religious organizations — groups established as safety nets for those in need.