Charity Clinics in Georgia save money, study finds

Georgia’s charity health clinics produce cost savings when treating patients with hypertension, a new study from the UGA College of Public Health study has found.

Serving patients with high blood pressure in Georgia Charitable Care Network clinics is less expensive than treating them in other settings, including by federally qualified health centers, by Medicaid providers and through private insurance, the study said.

Fueling those savings are doctors who volunteer their time at the clinics for free, and the free medications given to these organizations, said Dr. Phaedra Corso, director of the Economic Evaluation Research Group and professor of health policy and management. Corso led the study, which was funded by Healthcare Georgia Foundation.

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Posted November 11, 2015.