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Murray Access Clinic

Indigent Care Work Group

Based on numbers from the Department of Risk Management and Insurance of Georgia State University, 17% of the residents, in Whitfield County alone, are uninsured. The number of uninsured is believed to be much higher in the Hispanic community but even at 17%, the estimated uninsured in Whitfield County is over 14,000.

Many who are employed do not have health care insurance for themselves or their family members. As the unemployment rate rises and more people are not working, the problem magnifies. Emergency rooms overflow with people desperate for solutions to otherwise routine health care problems. It is imperative that preventative and primary care be provided to the uninsured and indigent population in Murray and Whitfield Counties.  

The Indigent Care Work Group consists of board members Mark Elam, M.D., Chair, Mike Babb, John Campbell, Thomas Chester, M.D., Tyson Haynes and Mickey Rabuka.

The following action steps were recommended at the Partnership's Strategic Planning Session held in January 2002. The developed work plan will be implemented during the next two years.

Support and foster the growth of the:

bullet Volunteers in Medicine program operating out of the Whitfield County Health Department
bullet Murray County Access Clinic in Chatsworth


News and Views

Healthcare Georgia Foundation Grant
The Partnership was recently awarded a $125,000 grant from the Healthcare Georgia Foundation.
Faces from Volunteers in Medicine
Diane Brown, RN Case Manager, wrote "Faces" about a Volunteers in Medicine patient.
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