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More Than 1000 Get Free Health Care in Dallas

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    Free Health Care Clinic in Dallas

    Doctors and volunteers set up shop at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center Saturday to offer medical care of almost any kind to patients who otherwise can’t afford it. (Published Saturday, April 9, 2016)

    More than 1000 volunteers turned the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center into a massive health clinic to help Dallas residents in need on Saturday.

    The National Association of Free & Charitable Clinics hosted a free health care event for North Texans.

    By Thursday, the group had filled all of their 1000 appointment slots for the one day event; CEO Nicole Lamoureux said they’ve never had that kind of response.

    "To fill up a thousand appointment slots 48 hours before we open the door has never been done before and it really speaks to the need of what we're seeing here,” said Lamoureux.

    The clinic offered everything from checkups, to eye glasses, to mammograms and even gave patients 3 months’ worth of medications if needed.

    The NAFC goes around the country offering clinics like these to help get health care to the large number of uninsured; Texas ranking highest in the nation for uninsured residents and Dallas County sitting at about 1 in 3 without health coverage.

    In addition to the one visit of help, volunteers at the event helped patients to find other affordable means of care in the area so that they can continue on their path to good health.

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