As many people in the Charlotte, North Carolina area may have health concerns they are not aware of, free clinics are important. Health issues are often discovered at what some refer to as a mini-clinic. These clinics are especially helpful to those without health insurance.
The following information was received by this writer from Sabine Guerrier, president of Haitian Heritage and Friends of Haiti concerning the free CARE Clinic that will be held in Charlotte December 7th, 2010. Please share this information with everyone in the Charlotte area.
December 7, 2010 Free CARE Clinic in Charlotte, NC
The National Association of Free Clinics (NAFC), and the North Carolina Association of Free Clinics (NCAFC) will be holding a one-day free clinic on Tuesday, December 7, 2010 at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, NC. This free health clinic is not just for the sick, but also for anyone who is uninsured and has not seen a doctor recently. All participants in the health clinic will receive preventive primary care and will be connected to area resources.
Similar free clinics have been sponsored by the NAFC in Houston TX, New Orleans LA, Little Rock AR, Kansas City MO, Hartford CT, Atlanta GA and Washington DC. Over 10,000 uninsured people have received care at these C.A.R.E. clinics across the country. These events have been documented by the Dr. Oz Show, Good Morning America, CNN and MSNBC.
Many people who attended the eight previous free clinic events this past year found that they had health issues they did not know they had. For example, at the one-day free clinic in Washington DC, doctors found that 90 percent of the more than 1,000 patients had three or more life-threatening conditions, such as cardio-vascular disease, hypertension, diabetes and pulmonary disease.
Most importantly, these free clinics connect the uninsured with safety-net providers such as free clinics, sliding scale clinics and federally qualified health centers located near where the uninsured live so that the patients may receive regular treatment on an ongoing basis.