Health care professionals and legislators struggled with the need for reform of health care for the past 40+ years. Tweaking of specific, small parts produced no great reduction in health care cost inflation. More millions of people fall out of the pool of people who have access to health care in a timely and affordable way.
And yet people claim not to see the need?
Meet Faith Coleman. She was a young nurse, delivering health care for many different employers, when she was struck with kidney cancer. Since she worked part time for so many, no one offered her health insurance as an employee.
Faith Coleman could mortgage her home for the $35,000 to save her life.
Her cancer is in remission.
But she then organized health providers in her town to take care of others in her situation. Week in and week out, more than a hundred people show up to her essentially free clinic, trying to crawl out of the cracks in the health care delivery floor. CNN featured the story.
I have been given another chance, and I felt that it was important for me to make a difference and to help other people,” she said.
So after her recovery in 2004, Coleman approached Dr. John Canakaris. The local physician with 60 years of experience had been treating the indigent population for years. Canakaris was eager to reach more patients in need.
The two worked together to establish the Flagler County Free Clinic in Bunnell, Florida, which provides medical care for the uninsured. It has treated more than 6,700 patients.
The clinic opened its doors in February 2005, with eight volunteers treating eight patients. Since then, it has expanded to 120 volunteers who see about 80 patients every other weekend. Coleman said she’s seen an increase in the number of patients at the clinic, which serves people who meet federal poverty guidelines.
One sure-fire way you can help: Stand up for health care reform. We need it now. In Texas, each person with health care insurance pays $1,800 a year to mend the holes in the safety net — we need to reduce that cost (for my family, that’s $7,200/year).
Stand up for health care reform now, and stand against the hoaxes claiming we have no need, or that expanded programs won’t help.