Healthcare Access: Caring for the Uninsured

Doctor looking in patient mouthThink about the last time you got a bad cold, needed a routine vaccine, or required bloodwork. For most of us, getting healthcare is a fairly easy process. We call our doctor, schedule an appointment, and know that insurance will help cover the costs. Now, consider the experience of the 26 million uninsured Americans. For them, accessing healthcare is a vastly different journey—one marked by barriers and uncertainty.


Without the safety net of insurance, seeking medical care becomes a difficult task. Even routine check-ups can feel financially burdensome, let alone unexpected illnesses or injuries. However, within this challenge, there exists a vital resource: Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs).


FQHCs are healthcare clinics that offer a wide range of services regardless of a person’s ability to pay. From primary care to dental work and mental health support, these centers ensure that everyone has access to the care they need. While the journey to healthcare may be harder for the uninsured, FQHCs serve as beacons of hope, striving to make quality care a reality for all Americans.


Through the Making a Difference Foundation’s Sustainable Healthcare Grant program, one FQHC we support is Lincoln Community Health Center in North Carolina. This center used the grant to fund its pharmacy programs, ensuring community members did not lose access to medications they need. Click here to learn about all the organizations we support.


You can support these clinics by learning more about them, using their services, or donating to the Making a Difference Foundation. To find a clinic near you, search here. By supporting these clinics, the Making a Difference Foundation is improving healthcare access to people in need.

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