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Founded in 2001 under the umbrella of the SC Hospital Association, SCFCA is an independent, nonprofit membership organization that provides training and technical assistance, research, resource development and advocacy to Free Clinics throughout South Carolina. SCFCA represents and supports our state’s network of 40 Free Clinics, which provides comprehensive health care to the uninsured. The SCFCA was incorporated as an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in January 2008.


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To support and assist each other in improving the quality and availability of health care to the medically underserved by managing our clinics effectively and efficiently and by expanding those efforts in other South Carolina communities.


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Free clinics are volunteer-based, safety-net health care organizations that provide a range of medical, dental, pharmacy, and/or behavioral health services to economically disadvantaged individuals who are predominately uninsured. Free clinics are 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations, or operate as a program component or affiliate of a 501(c)(3) organization. Entities that otherwise meet the above definition, but charge a nominal fee to patients, may still be considered free clinics provided essential services are delivered regardless of the patient's ability to pay.


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South Carolina's Free Clinics are an essential part of our state's safety-net health care system, providing quality, comprehensive health care to the state's uninsured. Through financial support from foundations, fundraisers and individual donations, and through the efficient use of donated supplies and volunteer provider services, free clinics operate without the support of state or federal funding. Our state’s free clinics were responsible for the following activities in 2007:

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