San Diego Group Uses Federal Grant to Fund Mobile Health Clinic
Family Health Centers of San Diego has used a federal grant to provide free health care at public housing sites in the city with a mobile medical clinic, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. The program, funded by a $340,000 grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration, helps to "make basic health care as easily available as possible" for San Diego residents. Although many of the patients treated at the mobile clinic have some health insurance, which "may be billed if possible," the clinic does not charge patients for care, the Union-Tribune reports. The mobile clinic, a 40-foot bus, has two examination rooms and is staffed by a nurse practitioner or physician assistant, nurse and receptionist/driver. The clinic offers treatment by appointment or on a "drop-in" basis and refers patients to the Logan Heights Family Health Center for treatment that staff members cannot provide. Next month, the program will add a second bus to provide dental care to San Diego residents (Duerksen, San Diego Union-Tribune, 12/2).This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.