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Thousands expected to attend free health clinic in Kansas City

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Originally from KSHB 41

Posted: 5:01 PM, Apr 13, 2015
Updated: 4:31 PM, Apr 15, 2015
KANSAS CITY - Kansas City healthcare providers want to give the uninsured the chance of a year; one day of free doctors visits. The National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics (NAFC) will team up with local clinics like the Kansas City Care Clinic and the Health CARE Foundation of Greater Kansas City to host a one day free clinic with medical exams, dental care and free testing.“Just think when you don’t feel good and you can’t get an answer why,” said Sheri Wood, CEO of Kansas City Care Clinic. "This is what people live with every day."More than 2,000 people showed up to the last event around two years ago.Organizers said the top five medical conditions they saw are all chronic diseases:   
  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Emphysema
  • Heart disease
  • Untreated dental conditions
 There are enough uninsured people in Kansas City alone to fill Arrowhead Stadium two and half times.“This is people in Kansas City deciding, ‘We’d like to be healthier and help everybody get there,’” said Dr. Bridget McCandless of the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City.Anyone can go to the free health clinic set for Saturday, April 18 at Bartle Hall in downtown Kansas City.Doctors are available from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.Patients are encouraged to call 800-340-1301 and book an appointment ahead of time.

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