Letter: Don’t close Warren free clinic

Feb. 04, 2013 @ 03:18 PM

To the Editor:

I am opposed to the closing of the free clinic in Warrenton.

The free clinic is an excellent community service for those, like myself, that are financially handicapped and are unable to obtain health insurance. Today’s economy makes it almost impossible to sustain in a society, which forces us to prioritize our necessities. At times, that means that some essential components of life, such as health care, are being eliminated.

The free clinic offers an avenue or relief for myself, a diabetic, and others living with various health issues, many which are life threatening without the necessary and proper care. Not only does the free clinic provide adequate health care services for those who otherwise would not receive it, the staff is also very informative and does not hesitate to educate patients on self-help tips, referrals, dosage information, suggestions of affordable or less expensive medications, as well as a support system for those that may have a hard time dealing with their individual health situations.

Closing the free clinic will put the majority of the citizens of this community and surrounding counties at a disadvantage. The number of employed, disabled and elderly citizens that depend on the vital services that the free clinic provides will be greatly affected, forced to self-medicate and become victims of a bias system that says only those who achieve a certain economic status should be extended the right to health care. However, the Constitution states, “all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

Therefore, it is my stance that by keeping the free clinic open, we are one step closer to carrying out those words for all economic classes.

Georgia J. Foster