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What are Rural Health Clinics (RHCs)?

Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) are located in rural, medically underserved communities. Coverage includes healthcare services provided by doctors, nurse practitioners, visiting nurses, clinical psychologists, and social workers. Go to the Bureau of Primary Health Care Web site for help finding free or low-cost rural health care.
Rural Health Clinics provide primary care services to rural communities. RHCs are certified clinics. They can be public, private, or non-profit. To qualify as a RHC, the clinic must be located in a rural, underserved area and have at least one Physician Assistant and/or Nurse Practitioner. RHCs receive enhanced reimbursements from Medicaid and Medicare because they provide care in the rural areas.

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