To provide free medical care to those in
the Bay Area with the greatest need and the least access.
The Big Idea
Even with public or private health
insurance, many patients still can’t afford copays for medical care. The
demand for RotaCare Monterey Clinic’s free health care continues to increase
as more uninsured residents on the Monterey Peninsula seek care for chronic
conditions. These conditions require more frequent clinic visits, monitoring
of test results and referrals to specialty care. Wednesday night clinics
offered at the Seaside Family Health Center provide a safety net service and
are staffed largely by volunteers. Ongoing funding for a full-time clinic
operations manager will allow their program to expand and ensure that
adequate administrative infrastructure is in place to coordinate clinic
operations, as well as oversee the large pool of dedicated volunteers that
includes doctors, nurses, nursing students and interpreters.
The first time I received help from
RotaCare was in 2013. I had a sharp pain in my ear which had prevented me
from working for three days. I went to the clinic and everyone was friendly.
The doctor examined my ears and determined that I had an infection. He
prescribed medication for the infection and asked me to come back if I didn’t
feel better. They served me even though I didn’t have health insurance. They
helped me when I was in need of help. When I was in a lot of pain they
treated me like everyone should be treated: with respect and compassion. I
used the RotaCare services for three years. There are many people out there
who can’t afford health insurance or qualify for certain health benefits.
RotaCare ensures that anyone can receive the medical attention they need.
- former patient and current RotaCare volunteer