What is a Community Health Center?
Community Health Centers (also known as Federally Qualified Health Centers) are private, nonprofit, patient-governed, community-directed organizations that remove common barriers to care by serving communities whose residents have historically experienced financial, geographic, language, cultural or other barriers to receiving care. Community Health Centers provide a health care home that integrates high quality medical, dental, behavioral health, pharmacy, and enabling services without regard to a person’s ability to pay.
Community Health Centers play a crucial role in the nation’s health care system, providing affordable health services for millions of uninsured, the working poor and those who are unemployed/underemployed. Community Health Centers are good for the country. They lower overall health care costs, improve the health of their patients and generate economic opportunities in the communities they serve by providing jobs and training for local people. Community Health Centers create health care savings every time a person visits his/her primary care provider at the first sign of a health issue, instead of waiting until a costly emergency room visit or hospitalization is the only option. Each Community Health Center takes a tailored approach to meet the unique needs of the people in its surrounding community.
Community Health Centers, such as Carolina Family Health Centers, Inc., provide a sliding fee discount program for low income families so that financial status does not become a barrier to receiving care. Community Health Centers accept Medicaid, Medicare and many other commercial insurance plans as payment for services rendered.
Across the country, the need for affordable, high quality health care services continues to grow. Community Health Centers in neighborhoods across America will continue to meet that need; as they have done for the past fifty years, without regard to cultural, medical or financial status.
For the best health care available, visit a community health center near you!