Great Salt Plains Health Center is shown in Canton. The Federally Qualified Health Center provides cost-efficient health care for local residents. (Photo by Anisa Magallanes)

Great Salt Plains provides cost-efficient health care

When one thinks about healthcare for the masses, including the uninsured, one rarely thinks of a small town offering easy access for a wide array of medical needs. However, Canton’s Great Salt Plains Health Center offers just that.

Federally Qualified Health Centers, such as GSPHC, were created during the Johnson Administration, and they were expanded during the George W. Bush Administration to ensure people without health insurance could receive care in emergency rooms, when they could not be seen anywhere else.

Jeff Hickman, Chief Communications, Facilities and Compliance Officer with GSPHC, and Beth Holderby Acre, Nurse Practitioner with GSPHC, are dedicated to providing the best care to all patients, regardless of their income or insurance status. Anyone can receive healthcare at GSPHC for as little as $20, for qualifying patients with qualifying income levels. This is less costly than the same patient going to an emergency room, where they could easily run up a bill of hundreds to thousands of dollars for something as simple as a cold or the flu.

 

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