(Excerpts from Press Releases)
The worldwide economic decline has had a big affect on the middle to low income people in the United States, especially in terms of medical insurance. Many of these people cannot afford to pay their medical insurance premiums or have lost their medical insurance due to government budget cut. This population currently lives without medical care. For those with chronic conditions, this lack of health care leads to devastating and even fatal results.
Tzu Chi Foundation Northwest Region provides medical and dental services to people in need within the San Francisco Bay Area and Central Valley communities for over a decade with the purpose of relieving the suffering of people without medical insurance. March 22-25, Tzu Chi will be holding a four-day Free Clinic in Oakland and March 30-April 2 in Sacramento. This is the second time Tzu Chi has partnered with Remote Area Medical (RAM) to hold this free clinic.
After the first partnership with RAM in New Orleans to help Hurricane Katrina victim in 2006, Tzu Chi Foundation has held few free clinics with RAM in Southern and Northern California. The two four-days free clinics in Sacramento and Oakland last year served more than 6,500 people. Many of the patients stood in line overnight in very cold weather hoping to be seen for their illnesses during the clinics. Tzu Chi provided 317 volunteers at these events to assist with registration, patient facilitation and medical services. Volunteers also provided light-hearted entertainment to help people through the long waiting times, It is always very welcome by the patients.
The Free Clinic in Oakland which will run from Thursday, March 22 to Sunday, March 25 and in Sacramento from Friday, March 30 to Monday, April 2 will provide Western and Oriental medicine, Chiropractic, Dental, and Optometry services to those without medical and dental insurance. People in need should not miss this great chance, especially the people in need of dental services. Tzu Chi’s Mobile Dental Van and portable dental equipment will be at the Free Clinic. As dental service is very popular, participants are encouraged to line up for register early.
The Oakland Free Clinic will be at the Oakland Coliseum (7000 Coliseum Way Oakland, CA 95815.
The Sacramento Free Clinic will be at the Cal. Expo, Bldgs, C & D (1600 Exposition Blvd. Sacramento, CA)
Services will run from 6 am to 6 pm everyday.
For more information, please call Tzu Chi Foundation Northwest Region at 408-457-6969 or Oakland branch at 510-879-0971.