Clinics and Dispensaries

In general, medical facilities offering treatment or medicines to outpatients but not bed or house care. There is not always a clear line of distinction between the Seventh-day Adventist clinic and the dispensary; there is of necessity some overlapping. In general, it can be said that a clinic is a medical facility operated by an established hospital; it may be in close proximity to the hospital or remote from it. The work done at the clinic may or may not be charitable in nature; however, the word ordinarily connotes a reduction in the charges made. In contrast, dispensaries are operated in more remote areas, and the service, generally speaking, is either free or at a reduced rate. Either of these facilities may have physicians and nurses in attendance or they may be operated only by nurs...

From the Seventh-day Adventist Encyclopedia. Published with permission from the Review and Herald Publishing Association.