Archive for Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Free health care clinic offered for the uninsured

December 8, 2009

Uninsured residents of the Kansas City area are invited to attend a free health care clinic.

The free health clinic will be from noon to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 9, and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10, at Bartle Hall Convention Center in Kansas City, Mo. Those interested in attending should call (877) 249-5030 toll-free to schedule appointments.

“This event is about getting people who need care into the medical system and connecting them with free clinics and other safety-net providers for ongoing treatment,” Nicole Lamoureux, executive director of the National Association of Free Clinics (NAFC), said. “It also highlights the incredible work that the 1,200 free health clinics around the county do every day to serve about 8 million uninsured people.”

Several hundred doctors, other medical providers and non-medical volunteers are expected to participate in the C.A.R.E. (Communities Are Responding Everyday) Clinic sponsored by the NAFC. They will provide care for a wide range of medical issues at no cost to participants or taxpayers.

More than 14 percent of non-elderly residents of both Missouri and Kansas do not have health insurance, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation.

“Similar one-day, free clinics treated almost 1,800 people in Houston in September, more than 1,000 people in New Orleans in November and more than 1,000 people in Little Rock in November,” Lamoureux said. “So we urge people to register in advance to be seen by health care professionals at the two-day C.A.R.E. Clinic in Kansas City. We will try to accommodate as many walk-ins as possible, but that will be on a first-come-first-served basis.”

In addition to the toll-free number for patients to register for the C.A.R.E. Clinic, patients and volunteers also can find information about the clinic online at: http://freeclinics.us/.

“Free clinics have been serving America's working poor since the 1960s, but over the last year, our patient base has grown to include white-collar and blue-collar workers who have lost their jobs and health insurance,” Lamoureux said.

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