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Primary Health Care: The Health Center Program

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HHS Releases $338 Million to Expand Community Health Centers, Serve More Patients (03/27/2009)

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Providing Access to Health Care in the Nation's Most Needy Communities

Health Centers work in communities, providing access to high quality, family oriented, comprehensive primary and preventive health care, regardless of patients' ability to pay.

In 2007, Health Centers cared for

  • More than 16 million patients, including
  • 2.8 million who received dental services
  • 617,000 who received mental health care

Health Centers also:

  • Employ more than 100,000 people in underserved communities
  • Leverage more than $9 billion in other health resources

Learn more: Health Centers: America's Primary Care Safety Net Reflections on Success, 2002-2007


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Health centers provide comprehensive primary care services without regard for patients' ability to pay and charge for services on a sliding fee scale.

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