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Atlanta's Grady Hospital to shut 2 clinics

Facing a $30 million-plus gap in funding, Grady Memorial Hospital will close two neighborhood clinics and increase prescription drug copays -? threatening access to care for some of Atlanta's poorest residents. South DeKalb Health Center in Decatur and Otis W. Smith Health Center in southwest Atlanta will close within the next 60 to 90 days, and patients will be sent to nearby clinics, said Grady spokesman Matt Gove. Meanwhile, uninsured residents from DeKalb and Fulton counties will see the base copay for prescription drugs rise from $2 to $3, among other copay increases. The hospital is also in the process of cutting 100 jobs.

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