May 2, 2012- Community health centers across the United States, whose clients are the poor and uninsured, have seen their patient ranks increase by close to 18% between 2008 and 2011. The reason is due to job layoffs that left more and more Americans without any health coverage.
A recent White House report said that over 20 million Americans now get healthcare services from over 8,500 community health centers. That number is three million more than what it was in 2008. The numbers have increased dramatically because of all the people who lost their jobs during the financial crisis as well as their health care coverage.
The Obama administration said that the health centers could accommodate more patients because of public funding that is provided by the embattled healthcare law of President Obama and the stimulus package that the administration dispersed earlier.
The latest report is just one of a series the government has released that is aimed at highlighting the need for healthcare reform, at a time when the U.S. Supreme Court is reviewing the future of the new law.
These health care centers usually are in low-income neighborhoods, where the number of doctors available is much less and hospitals are few and far between. They provide the cornerstone of the law’s goal of expanding the access to healthcare to over 30 million Americans that are uninsured.