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Harvard mobile clinic may save healthcare system millions

Boston Globe, June 3, 2009
The Family Van, Harvard Medical School's curbside clinic that has offered free tests and counseling in Boston's low-income neighborhoods for 17 years, saved the healthcare system roughly $20 million last year by getting hard-to-reach patients to stick with treatments and avoid costly care in hospital emergency rooms, according to a study. As healthcare increase and lawmakers debate ways to overhaul the system, a team of Harvard-led researchers suggests that such alternative approaches are an overlooked but valuable return on investment.