Senate Committee Exploring Benefits of Health Clinics

Dallas – The Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee recently held public hearings as part of an ongoing effort to make health care more accessible in Pennsylvania. Senator Lisa Baker was among those asking questions and exploring opportunities to increase the role health clinics play in providing care for the uninsured and those with limited coverage, including college students, employees of small businesses and part-time workers.

“A lot of Pennsylvanians are receiving quality preventive care through our health clinics,” said Baker. “Before creating new programs, it makes sense for us to take a look at how existing facilities can be used to improve access to care.”

One of those testifying was Susan F. Sordoni, M.D., of the Volunteers in Medicine Clinic in Luzerne County. Dr. Sordoni detailed how she and others in her community pulled together volunteers, equipment and private funding to meet the medical needs of area residents. The clinic will provide free primary and preventive health care and social services beginning in June.

Health centers across the Commonwealth are providing preventive medical education and ongoing care for patients with chronic conditions, including diabetes and asthma. This is extremely important in helping to avoid more serious medical conditions that can develop when illness is left untreated and decreases the utilization of more costly care in emergency rooms and hospitals.

“The clinics in my district are providing important health care services.” Baker said. “The information gathered at the hearings will be helpful in developing a plan to expand their reach and increase their impact.”

 Contact: Brian Grove
(570) 675-3931

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