State Budget Division spokesman Jeffrey Gordon said the governor believed the funding was needed to implement mandates of the Berger Commission. The Berger Commission mandates focus mainly on hospital improvements, but also stress improved access to primary health care in communities throughout the state.
"The Spitzer administration realizes the importance of free clinics and Hometown Health and the role both play in making primary care more accessible. We worked to be sure the Schenectady Free Health Clinic received the funding they needed to continue providing services to the community," Gordon said.
The primary mission of the Schenectady Free Health Clinic is to serve the health needs of the medically uninsured of Schenectady by providing free access to medical care services to people not otherwise receiving medical care through established programs. The clinic serves more than 2,500 patients.""