76-Year-Old Doctor Still Fighting for the Poor

For millions of Americans, health insurance is an unaffordable luxury. Fifty million U.S. citizens have none. A public health system exists, but it’s only for those below the poverty line. Increasingly, specialists and hospitals are refusing to treat the needy patients because of the low fees they bring in. For Dr. Cecil Walkes, that’s an outrage. At 76, with his wife in a nursing home, he’s still treating the poorest of the poor. However, some of the bad cases are beyond his means.

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Dale Overall

Such a fabulous and selfless person Dr. Cecil Walkes is, so very helpful and kind for his service to his community.

I am fortunate enough to live in a country where health care is paid for by the taxpayer and and very grateful that I never see a medical bill when having to spend close to two weeks in the hospital and visiting the doctor.

So very pleased to see there are some who reach out to others and help them as best they can.

Americans can determine their own health care system on their own, it just is shocking to others outside that people who can't afford care can sicken and even die.

Kathy Perez
Kathy Johnson4 years ago

wow.. if only more were so dedicated

Jane L.
Jane L4 years ago

Wow...doesn't this put into perspective the reality of the health system in the States, a country that has everything but the very basics to sustain the bodies of its citizens. These are very normal people who just need to be physically helped. It's shameful that privatized doctors are robbing people of their lives to sustain their own wealthy living. It seems like Dr. Walkes' work will be never ending with a system like this...So uncaring of its own citizens. It just doesn't make sense to me that money is worth the life of a human being; I would believe that life is invaluable.

Carmen S.
Carmen S4 years ago

thanks for sharing this, he is a great example of everything a doctor should be

Michaela C.

Dr. Cecil Walkes you are an angel and I hope you can help them for many more years!

Dawn Fortenberry
Dawn Fortenberry4 years ago

yes, Dr. Walkes is an angel, fighting the good fight. that doesn't take away the fact that he should not have to be! it is a disgrace that in the United States of America, people are going without health care. if they were diagnosed and treated in a timely manner, it would cost less in terms of dollars and human suffering. in my opinion, a One Payer Health Care system, is the way to go.

Marianne Barto
MARIA B4 years ago

without health insurance, I'm thankful for all the "free" clinics, who have Doctors who volunteer and Nurses...God bless them

Martha Clunie
Past Member 4 years ago

We shouldn't be hearing these wonderful stories though. Every developed country should be offering its citizens health care free at the point of contact. Anything less is unacceptable!

Sue Matheson
Sue Matheson4 years ago


Sue Matheson
Sue Matheson4 years ago