Community Health Centers Lower the Cost of Care

A report by George Washington University's Milken Institute School of Public Health has found that compared to other doctors' offices and providers, community health centers (CHCs) lower the cost of a child's primary care by 35%.  This analysis is the first to show how significantly cheaper CHCs operate while still providing high-value care with good health outcomes.  The study compared children who used CHCs as their primary source of care and those who received care elsewhere.



  • On average CHCs saved $618 per child, per year
  • Ambulatory care for children at CHCs was $418 compared to $697 for other providers
  • The cost for prescriptions were nearly 50% lower than other providers, showing that CHCs manage prescription drug usage effectively and promote the use of less expensive generic drugs
  • CHCs save money by offering a broad range of outpatient services under one roof, thus requiring fewer visits


Health Centers Lower Cost of Children's Care by 35 Percent - George Washington University News Release

Community Health Centers Reduce the Costs of Children's Health Care - Full Report

George Washington University's Milken Institute School of Public Health

CHN Community Health Foundation Research Collaborative

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