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posted Friday, June 10, 2016 - Volume 44 Issue 24
Country Doctor gets $1.2 million for dental clinic
City of Seattle funds healthcare facilities
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Country Doctor gets $1.2 million for dental clinic
City of Seattle funds healthcare facilities

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Country Doctor Community Health Centers will get $1.2 million from the City of Seattle to open a new dental clinic at its Capitol Hill facility.

Once open, the clinic will provide 'low-barrier dental care to Medicaid recipients and lower-income individuals,' the City said in a June 8 statement from the Mayor's office.

The grant to Country Doctor is part of a total of $2 million Seattle is giving to local health care services.

'I applaud the work of our community health providers to improve the well-being of our most vulnerable residents and families,' Mayor Ed Murray said in a statement.

'Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, thousands more Seattle residents have health care coverage, and now it's our turn as a City to help expand local access to these critical health services.'

According to the City, more than 84,000 Seattle and King County residents have enrolled in Obamacare, many of them covered by Medicaid. The unprecedented demand for health care services demanded new investments from the Seattle Human Services Department (HSD) to help community health care facilities expand to meet the need.

'Despite the gains made by the Affordable Care Act, we know that many of our neighbors lack the medical care to meet basic, everyday health needs,' said HSD director Catherine Lester.

'Access to quality, affordable and reliable community health care is fundamental, preventing catastrophic health events that often send vulnerable individuals and families into poverty.'

Country Doctor first opened its doors in 1971, offering treatment to all comers whether they were insured or not. In addition to its primary care clinic at 500 19th Ave. E., Country Doctor now operates Carolyn Downs Family Medical Center at 2101 E. Yesler Way, and an after-hours clinic at Swedish Hospital's Cherry Hill campus.

In addition to Country Doctor, NeighborCare Health and International Community Health Services also got City funds.

NeighborCare received $400,000 to create a health care clinic inside the Dutch Shisler Service Center, located in the Denny Regrade area. The new health care facility will provide services for people who are homeless and vulnerable, the City said.

International Community Health Services will receive $350,000 to build an optometry clinic in the International District, which will serve lower-income populations with culturally and linguistically appropriate eye care services.

According to the City, over 80% of Asian-Americans suffer from myopia, yet there are only eight optometrists in Seattle that accept Medicaid patients.

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