Need healthcare? Start a clinic

Bloomberg Businessweek, November 21, 2012
A new medical clinic will be opening in Downtown Brooklyn, NY. It's the first attempt by the Freelancers Union, which has long helped freelance workers get insurance, to provide medical care directly. "Our ultimate goal is to get our members the best health care possible," says Sara Horowitz, founder of the group. In the past, that meant pooling freelance workers—contract workers, consultants, and self-employed business owners—to buy health insurance at group rates. Four years ago, the nonprofit started its own Freelancers Insurance Co., with $17 million in grants and loans, that now insures 25,000 New Yorkers. The new clinic, Freelancers Medical, will provide free care and wellness programs to freelancers on the plan who choose the clinic's doctors as their primary care physicians.

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