CHA News Article

CHCF Publishes Overview of Rural Health Clinics

The California Healthcare Foundation (CHCF) has released a report on the primary care delivery system in rural areas, including hospital-based outpatient departments. The report, California’s Rural Health Clinics: Obstacles and Opportunities, includes a number of key findings — California rural health clinics (RHCs) in fiscal year (FY) 2010 provided 44 percent of the total primary care in rural areas; in FY 2010, 52 percent of RHCs were independent and owned by medical providers or community groups, while the other 48 percent were owned and operated by hospitals; and, although not required, 48 percent of RHCs reported they offered sliding scale discounts to uninsured patients in 2011. For more information, see attached report or visit the CHCF website at