Health care clinics are available to the public as an alternative to the traditional hospital. They are walk-in friendly and can help assist patients with an array of basic maladies, much like a hospital’s emergency room. Due to the low-cost, and/or free nature of clinics, they have become the “safety net” for emergency room patients unable to pay for service. Providing free or low-cost healthcare to a small community was the flagship concept of health care clinics. First started by Dr. David Smith on June 7, 1967, as “The Haight Ashbury Free Medical Clinic” health care was recognized as “a right and not a privilege”. This notion is what has helped propel the Obamacare legislation and has given healthcare to millions of Americans. If you fall into the category of uninsured, there are many options for coverage within “ObamaCare”. For more information on specific plans visit the ObamaCare Facts website.
Most schools have healthcare facilities that accommodate students with or without health insurance. A sustainable option for medical care can come in the form of student-run facilities, these are available in most U.S. medical schools. With the creation of The Society of Student-Run Free Clinics (SSRFC) began a new hallmark of free clinics across the United States. In 2008 The Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM) began to provide free health-care conferences to the public. This helped spark what would later become many nationwide conferences to help raise awareness of this opportunity for young student doctors to help patients in an efficient and effective way. A culmination of information collected utilizing the internet from May until December of 2005, states that 49 schools out of 124 (76%) American Medical allopathic Colleges had at least one free student-run clinic. Medical care is normally very costly but with many of these free clinics, private donors issue grants to help facilitate free health care. Among the beforementioned 71% have this benefit. The other clinics ask the public for donations that help them with expenses. All doctors and physicians are students and volunteer their knowledge and services just for the experience of working in the public. This symbiotic relationship might be one of the first signs of a truly egalitarian, United States.
The commonality between most clinics is that the health care provided by the physicians are either volunteering or are getting paid via a donation. Utilizing new technology with an old school view of thinking is collectively creating a better future for all communities involved. As time is progressing we are witnessing the beginning stages of a society based on egalitarian beliefs. This will help grow the health of not only our current communities but our future communities alike.