Thursday, April 1, 2010


04.01.10, originally uploaded by colemama.

The founders of the Neighborhood Health Clinic worked tirelessly for years to obtain private funding for the establishment this facility and its services. Unlike many clinics for those who are uninsured, ours requires that patients be working as well as meeting 150% of poverty guidelines. In addition, all but a handful of the doctors, nurses, and office folks are volunteers - over 500 of us!

Health care is a complicated issue - this clinic fills a void for the uninsured working poor, but those who don't meet our guidelines are often in dire need of health care, as well. I don't know if the new health care reforms signed into law in the US are the answers....I would like to see a closer examination of how individuals take a role in being responsible for their own health care. In doing so, there will likely be additional conversation about the insurance, legal, and even food production industries, as well as the politics of the matter. In the meantime, I'm thankful to be a part of such a wonderful and meaningful organization. Goodlette Rd & 1st Ave N, Naples, FL

1 comment:

  1. wonderful that all those volunteers pitch in. Nicer still to live in a country where all qualify for health services.