Who We Are

Strengthening the state’s health care safety net by empowering organizations that serve vulnerable populations. 

 

Clinic Board with New Sign

Mission

The mission of the Georgia Charitable Care Network is to foster collaborative partnerships to deliver compassionate health care to low income Georgians. Our vision is to that all Georgians will have access to high quality health care.

History

Providers of charitable care are uniquely benevolent.  As a group they tend to be constrained by both time and money, and depend upon GCCN to assist with addressing their shared opportunities and challenges. 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.

Our Members

There are more than 90+ independent, non-profit clinics across Georgia, and hundreds of physicians, dentists and other health care professionals who provide care in their own offices. Each is dedicated to serving many of Georgia’s more than 1.8 million uninsured. Primarily volunteers, these providers reach out to their local communities with an unwavering commitment to local populations.

Uniting these providers with their unique missions and common goals provides GCCN the impetus for our work. Through our efforts these clinics have increased access to technical assistance, resources and networking.

GCCN members are very diverse in their size, model and scope of services and provide a safety valve to help take the pressure off the taxpayer-supported system of health care. Our network provides a model of how the private sector can offer health care to the uninsured at no cost to the taxpayers.

Charitable Clinics are non-profit community-based health centers that provide services to uninsured, underserved and vulnerable populations. Most of them provide preventive services, and fund their operations through grants, patient fees, and donations. While they may serve the publicly insured, they do not receive enhanced reimbursements from Medicaid. Patients may pay a flat rate or a fee based on a sliding scale. Care is provided by volunteers and paid providers regardless of a patient’s ability to pay.

Free Clinics provide health care services at no cost to the patient. They utilize a volunteer/staff model to provide a range of medical, dental, pharmacy, vision and/or behavioral health services to economically disadvantaged individuals. Free clinics restrict eligibility for their services to individuals who are uninsured and/or have limited or no access to primary, specialty or prescription health care. Many of these clinics are faith-based ministries. They are community- supported and funded primarily by private donations and foundations.

Private Practices, Individual Physicians and Dentists are sensitive to the financial constraints of those in their community who are uninsured and work to make their services affordable to the patient.