Health Commissioner: Northeast Philadelphia needs as many as four additional health centers

Here’s another symptom of the tough economy — long wait times at public health clinics. That’s the situation in Philadelphia.

Philadelphia Health Commissioner Dr. Donald Schwarz says adults looking for appointments at the city’s public health clinics are waiting longer.  He says there’s enough demand that new ones should be built.

“The first look at need that was taken, suggests that we may actually need as many as four (new) health centers in the Northeast,” said Schwarz.

A report issued last fall examined the need for more public health care centers in the Northeast, specifically around Lawncrest.

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