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Physician volunteers sought for one-day free clinic in Madison

Over 1,000 uninsured patients are expected to seek medical care during a one-day free clinic on Saturday, August 9, and organizers are seeking physician volunteers to help care for them. Many of the patients have not seen a doctor for several years and need basic medical care.

The National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics (NAFC), a non-profit 501(c)3 organization, is sponsoring the free clinic at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison. The clinic will offer basic medical care, health education, connections to aftercare, on-site insurance navigators, and will mail the patients free three-month supplies of most commonly needed medications as prescribed by the physicians who volunteer at the event.

“I have personally volunteered at several of these temporary clinics,” said Ed Weisbart, MD, FAAFP, who serves as a recruiter of volunteer physicians for the NAFC. “It’s one thing to know that we still have tens of millions of uninsured Americans; it’s an entirely different thing to see over 1,000 of them gratefully lined up, desperately seeking care. It’s a day that will change your perspective and leave you proud of how much you helped.”

Physicians are asked to volunteer as much of the day as they can, but even a half-day shift is appreciated. Other medical and non-medical personnel also are needed—including medical and nursing students.

For more information, or to sign up as a volunteer, visit the NAFC website or the event registration page.

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