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The Growing Need for Cheap Medicine

September 28th, 2009 by flanews

The need for free and reduced cost healthcare is on the rise. An estimated 20 million people will visit a federally funded health center by years end, up two million from a year ago. As Whitney Ray tells us, the high cost of healthcare, coupled with the double digit unemployment rate, is only making the problem worse.

Julie Scorsone doesnt have health insurance. She lives with her son and relies on free and low cost medical care for her shoulder pain and high cholesterol.

I have no way to pay. My son will do it if he has too, but I dont like having to rely on him all the time. I like to be able to do something on my own, but if it wasnt for places like this or the clinics I wouldnt go, said Scorsone.

Julies not alone. Nearly a million Floridians are out of work. Most of them lost their health insurance. The uninsured are flocking to the states 41 federally funded health centers for help.

The demand was so high at this Tallahassee health center that it didnt have enough room for all its customers, so it changed locations to add more space. The Bond Health Center tripled its square footage and added staff. Doctor Edwardo Williams has been working at the center for two years. Williams says its not just the jobless seeking low cost medical care.

Ive seen people from all walks of life, some that may have been professors at universities or other professional people who now because of whatever reason, downsizing, they dont have insurance, said Dr. Williams.

The centers are seeing a growing number of people with inadequate health coverage. Two billion stimulus dollars are being spent to help the centers keep up with the need. To find a community health center near you go to www.fachc.org and click on find a center.

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