Wednesday, July 21, 2010

1500 uninsured will get care in DC

Space is limited at the massive free clinic for uninsured people to be held inWashington, D.C., on August 4, so patients should call 1-877-233-5159 now for appointments.

The National Association of Free Clinics (NAFC) will sponsor the free clinic onAugust 4 from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place, N.W. Appointments will be available for up to 1,500 people.

"This free clinic is not just for the sick but also for anyone who is uninsured and has not seen a doctor recently," NAFC Executive Director Nicole Lamoureux said. "All participants will receive preventive primary medical care and be connected to the area's safety-net providers."

In addition to the toll-free number, 1-877-233-5159, for appointments, information about the clinic is available online at:http://www.regonline.com/DCCARE. The site also includes information for medical and non-medical volunteers, who are needed to participate in this one-day free clinic. Volunteers are needed not only on the day of the event, Aug. 4, but also to help with set up on Aug. 3.
In 2008, free clinics across the nation provided care to about 4 million uninsured people. In 2009, that doubled to about 8 million people, despite a decline in donations. A $1 donation to free clinics typically provides $5worth of services.

Medical volunteers needed for the Washington clinic include doctors of medicine, doctors of osteopathy, nurse practitioners, physician's assistants, registered nurses, licensed vocational nurses, emergency medical technicians, medical administrators, licensed clinical social workers and more. Non-medical volunteers are needed to help with documentation, logistical support, patient intake and translation, as well as to be patient greeters and escorts.

Not in the DC area? Try WhereToFindCare.com's Low Cost Health Care Assistance, Free and Low Cost Clinic Search and FQHC Directories for more options closer to home.

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