No-Cost Clinic Aims To Provide Medical Care for Uninsured, Underserved
On Monday, nearly 5,000 people with a variety of health conditions lined up outside the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena to receive wristbands to gain admittance to a no-cost medical clinic that begins later this week, the Los Angeles Times reports.
The clinic will open Thursday and run through Sunday. It will include volunteer services by medical professionals such as cardiologists, dentists and podiatrists (Gorman, Los Angeles Times, 10/18).
Details of the Clinic
The Los Angeles-based not-for-profit organization CareNow is operating the clinic.
According to CareNow, the goal of the clinic is to offer no-cost dental, medical and vision care for about 1,200 uninsured and underserved individuals daily. Last year's clinic served about 6,000 individuals (Los Angeles Daily News, 10/17).
The Times reports that many individuals who will seek care at the clinic are unemployed, uninsured, have jobs that do not offer health coverage or are enrolled in Medi-Cal, which does not cover most dentalÂ care. Medi-Cal is California's Medicaid program (Los Angeles Times, 10/18).
CareNow plans to provide follow-up care for those who need it after the clinic ends (Los Angeles Daily News, 10/17).This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.