ERIC Number: ED099710
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Free Clinics. Report Series 27, No. 1.
National Inst. on Drug Abuse (DHEW/PHS), Rockville, MD. National Clearinghouse for Drug Abuse Information.
This report, prepared by the National Clearinghouse for Drug Abuse Information, discusses the Free Clinic Movement--its philosophy, characteristics, background, and problems. The Free Clinic Movement developed because the existing health care system was not providing services to a large number of racial, philosphical, and cultural minorities due to overcrowded hospitals, fear of legal entanglements, and insufficient experience with some of the "street" diseases of these groups. The clinics have shown that adequate medical care can be provided at minimal cost utilizing nonprofessional, paraprofessional, and professional staff. There are four basic types of clinics in existence: neighborhood clinics, street clinics, youth clinics, and sponsored clinics. The report details the general operations of these clinics, i.e., physical layout, staffing, services, and funding, and offers both support and criticism for existing facilities. (Author/PC)
Descriptors: Clinics, Community Resources, Health Programs, Health Services, Medical Services, Program Descriptions, Program Development, Social Action, State of the Art Reviews
National Clearinghouse for Drug Abuse Information, P.O. Box 1908, Rockville, Maryland 20850
Publication Type: Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Inst. on Drug Abuse (DHEW/PHS), Rockville, MD. National Clearinghouse for Drug Abuse Information.