Spotlight- Making a Difference- National Association of Free Clinics

Wednesday, December 19, 2012
I have known about this organization for a few years now. I recall watching a documentary on it and also listening to an impassioned special comment about this issue on Keith Olbermann's show.

There are few issues that can get me riled as quickly as health care in this country. Maybe it is because our first child was born with multiple birth defects and we have been mired in the health care system on almost a daily basis since 1986. Maybe it is because we are watching this child, who just turned 26 but is still in college, go without some basic medical necessities because he has no health care at all now.

Maybe it is also because I work with people who are going without care, going without medication, going without even having their children seen because they cannot afford basic health care in America. Or it could be because I watched a beloved family member die because they felt they could not afford to get the help they needed. Whatever the reason- this would be an area I feel most passionate about.

And so tonight I wanted to bring you the National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics (NAFC), an organization whose purpose it is to provide care for those most in need. Their CARE clinics (stands for Communities are Responding Everyday) are held in large cities and offer services to anyone who stands in line for them and is uninsured, under-insured or in need of health related assistance. I know we have a few readers in Canada that will probably be scratching their heads at this- but for those of us who have been dealing with this system all our lives- the way we treat those most in need is criminal.

Madpoet always says he wants to live in a country where a kid with cancer doesn't have to have a fund raiser to be treated. That would be a start. This organization takes not only donations but volunteers, so if they are running clinics in an area near you- I would highly recommend them. There is much work to be done.

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