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Nov 7 - Dec 31, 2019

RotaCare Monterey Clinic

Mission

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