Way supports Plain City Free Clinic
|“Dr. (John) Adams, II sensed that he was seeing a lot of patients that either couldn’t afford
to pay him, or if they paid him for an office visit, couldn’t get the prescription filled,” said Charles Holcombe,
a retired pharmacist volunteering to help coordinate the Free Clinic. “He wanted to come up with a better, organized
way to help these people.”
United Way volunteers awarded the Free Clinic an $1,800 grant in September. The Free Clinic opened its doors the next month, and anticipates seeing up to 15 patients a week when fully operational. The clinic will offer all of the services Dr. Adams would provide in a normal, routine office practice. Accute care kind of things, like sore throat, flu, chronic situations of blood pressure, diabetes, or respiratory issues. It's not an urgent care. But the group has already been successful in their efforts.
“One of the patients we saw recently had been a Dr. Adams patient,” Holcombe said. “She had recently lost her job, therefore losing her health insurance. She couldn’t afford the COBRA payment. She is a severe diabetic with blood pressure problems. She knew she needed continued care because of her situation. But she didn’t know how she was going to do it. She was out of two medications that she needed.”
For more information about the services offered by the Free Clinic or to make an appointment, call (614) 873-8021. Volunteers are also needed.