SANTA ANA: Clinic Provides Medical Services To Uninsured, Latino Community
Clinica Medica Latino Americana, a nonprofit health clinic in Santa Ana, opened earlier this month to provide medical care "to those without insurance or work-related benefits." Organized by the Consortium of Physicians from Latin America (COPHYLA), the clinic will by served by seven physicians who "speak Spanish and are culturally sensitive." The clinic will be open seven days a week, and will cost $20 per visit. Manuel Garcia, a media specialist with the California League Conservation of Voters who helped found the clinic, emphasized the need for efforts targeting the Latino community. "People need access to medical care. Three out of five Latino children don't have medical care in Southern California," he said. COPHYLA was founded in 1990 and "assists its members who have graduated from Latin American medical schools in obtaining the appropriate medical licenses and state certification so they may practice medicine and better serve the Latino community" (Meier, Los Angeles Times, 10/3).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.