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New health clinic caters to working uninsured

New health clinic caters to working uninsured

By BRAD GASKINS
News Editor
Get sick without insurance and a trip to a doctor could end up costing a proverbial arm and leg.
But thanks to a new not-for-profit, faith-based clinic, Weakley County’s working uninsured have an affordable option if illness strikes.
Good Samaritan Health and Wellness Center in South Fulton opened in February and has recently expanded its reach to include county residents.
The all-volunteer clinic is the vision of Dr. Bill Smith, a retired Army doctor.
“We were concerned about the ability of a lot of people to afford medical care,” Smith said. “This is the easiest thing we could do to help people.”
To obtain services, patients must bring a driver’s license and proof of employment (pay stub, letter from employer or W-2 form). However, Smith said he understands some people don’t have jobs but are actively looking. The clinic would work to accommodate those people as well, he said.
The cost of the visit is determined based on income, but the average visit is $15 to $30. Lab work is offered and varies depending on the type. A urinalysis, for example, is $4. X-rays are $5 per film.
The clinic is operated by volunteers and overseen by a board consisting of a representative from 12 local churches. It also serves residents from Fulton, Hickman and Obion counties.
The clinic is open Tuesdays from 5:30-8 p.m. and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to noon. It is located at 209 West State Line, across from Buck’s Party Mark and in the same office building as Dr. Charles Rice’s optometry office.
For more information, contact the clinic at 731-479-2112.

(Published in The Press on 6.13.13)

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