Free health clinic picks up more clients

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From the Glendale News-Press:

Two hours before the Glendale Community Free Health Clinic opens its doors, uninsured patients are lining up outside, anxious to see a doctor.

Everything at the clinic is free — doctor consultations, X-rays, prescriptions — and for many of those without insurance, the services are the only way they can afford to manage chronic conditions like diabetes or hypertension.

Sylvia Loftus, a registered nurse, fills a prescription at the Glendale free health clinic at the First United Methodist Church Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2009. (Scott Smeltzer/News-Press)

Katy Ascencio, 24, first came to the clinic six months ago. She said she’s been coping with lupus since she was nine, but when her father was laid off, the family lost their insurance. As a student, Ascencio said she can’t afford to buy private insurance, so she hadn’t seen a doctor for about a year.

“I started feeling sick and my cousin told me about this clinic,” she said.

After a consultation with physician Arbi Ghazarian, Ascencio learned she was anemic and had extremely low platelet count, among other problems.

“I didn’t know I was so sick,” Ascencio said.

She was admitted to the Glendale Adventist Medical Center for a week.

Full story here.

Written by Times Community News

December 4, 2009 at 8:47 am

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