Thursday, December 2, 2010

Free clinic for Charlotte's uninsured

Posted By on Thu, Dec 2, 2010 at 10:26 AM

No insurance? Then you might want to check out this news from WCNC and MSNBC.com:

A free all-day clinic for the uninsured is set for Tuesday at the Charlotte Convention Center.

Organizers with the National Association of Free Clinics expect between 1,000 and 2,000 people. The group has held eight similar events in cities around the country.

"Some of those people had not been to the doctor in over 10 years," said Laura Allen, a volunteer coordinator for the Charlotte Community Health Clinic who traveled to New Orleans to staff a one-day clinic last year.

Nancy Hudson, executive director of the Charlotte Community Health Clinic, says her clinic serves about 3,500 people per year, but has to turn away about 300 people each month.

The clinic will offer services including dental, eye care, EKGs, cholesterol blood tests, glucose tests for diabetes, urinalysis, pregnancy tests, and strep tests. Walk-ins will be accepted, but an appointment is strongly encouraged. Call 1-877-233-5159 to make one.

The clinic will only accept patients who do not have insurance.

The organizations involved are also seeking volunteers -- both medical and non-medical -- to help staff, set-up and break-down the clinic.

Read the entire article, by Beth Shayne, here.

Here's a video from one of the free clinics the National Association of Free Clinics held a few months ago in Connecticut, so you'll know what to expect if you plan to attend:

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