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Fredericksburg’s community health center to reopen to new patients
The Community Health Center of the Rappahannock Region will reopen its doors to new patients, though it’s also increasing its prices.
The Fredericksburg clinic stopped taking new patients in June when the appointment book became so crowded that patients were waiting three months to be seen.
“We just couldn’t keep up with the schedule,” said Kim Hedrick, office manager.
Since then, the pressure has eased somewhat, and the clinic will again take new patients, effective Nov. 1.
Nov. 1 is also effective date for its new prices. The cost of an office visit will increase by $10.
Opened in 2007, the health center offers medical, dental and behavioral health services. It is one of the few safety net clinics in the region, where the poor can get care. Patients pay for treatments on a sliding scale, based on income and family size. The clinic accepts health insurance, including government-sponsored plans. However, more than 80 percent of its patients do not have insurance, Hedrick said.
The clinic is operated by Central Virginia Health Services, a nonprofit company based in New Canton. It is one of three community health centers that Central Virginia has in the region. The others are Caroline Family Practice in Bowling Green and the Westmoreland Medical Center in Montross.