Community Service/Non-Profit Clinics
Non-profit clinics provide free health care to those who are uninsured or have few resources. Their patient demographics tend to match the demographics of their communities. Many patients are working poor or have low incomes. These clinics provide services such as behavioral health and prescription medications. Their boards are well-trained and the leadership is active. Most non-profit clinics have higher down payment percentages than emergency clinics and small animal clinics. Additionally, emergency clinics finance a higher percentage of total costs than non-profit clinics, based on the average percentage of down payments. But even with the higher down payment percentages and shorter payment terms, non-profit clinics often fall short in incorporating business tools to improve the financial health of their patients. To keep up with the latest changes in healthcare, nonprofit clinics are encouraged to attend LSACC conferences. These events provide education and resources to charity healthcare clinics in Texas. They offer seminars on topics that affect the sector. And they coordinate events such as Legislative Day and an Executive Director's retreat for nonprofit clinics. Non-profit clinics are a valuable resource for communities. They serve as the medical home for many underserved communities, including immigrants and refugees.