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Boyer, who lost his health insurance with his factory job last May, is an insulin-dependent diabetic who says he can't afford his medicine. He has a new job, working part-time in the kitchen of a chain-store restaurant, but can't afford insurance,


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Dee C (23)
Friday April 10, 2009, 3:49 am
WEST CHESTER, Pa. "By his analysis, Edward Boyer should be dead.
A month ago, things looked grim. He had enough insulin to last a few days and didn't have $200 for a refill.

That's when a friend, also diabetic, told him about Community Volunteers in Medicine, a clinic in this suburb 36 miles west of Philadelphia.

The clinic provides free medical and dental services and medicine for the working poor people who have no insurance but earn too much to qualify for federal or state programs.
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"They kept me alive," says Boyer, 28, of Coatesville.

More Americans losing their jobs and health insurance are turning to volunteer-run free clinics and government-funded community health centers for free or low-cost medical care. The safety net is being strained as demand grows and budgets shrink.

For every 1 percentage point rise in unemployment, the number of uninsured people increases by 1.1 million, according to Families USA, a health-reform advocacy group. The U.S. unemployment rate is 8.5%."

Chrissy N (118)
Friday April 10, 2009, 7:59 pm
The sooner you folks get a Universal health care sustem up and going, the better

Rod Gesner (60)
Friday April 10, 2009, 8:18 pm
The Evrerloving Nanny State of Washington is about to take away my Union Medical Package; freeze my Wages, a Throw in a 3% Decrease, and Take away the equal Pay for Live in Homecare workers that the Union Sued and Finaly Got "Almost equal Pay" In this years contract (Of Course Live in caregivers Do ALOT More Work Skilled and Household that they NEVER GET Paid For (While the Agencies Get thier Managment wages and Profit$$$.......
However if they continue thier Rape and Pillage of the cargivers contract for the Next 2 yrs (even though it was voted in; they are refusing to fund it)... then I will be Worse off than I was 4 yrs ago.. But not as bad as I was 5 yrs back....

Richard Wilson (88)
Saturday April 11, 2009, 12:54 am
Ron G, Richie here could you become a privt contracktor For your self in the home care biss? ITS a lot cheeper for every one , I Know of lots of people doing it. ITs Almost like being a Nane.. And if you hook up with the rich people ,you can make bank ,And drive there nice cars,2 some even have air planes, Dont tell the Union " just keep your dooos UP! " We do it in every trade ............. And it is not any ones Biss how you make your money...........thank you Dee .c For leting me Comment , Richie

Dee C (23)
Saturday April 11, 2009, 4:20 am
Thank you all for your comments..and notes..I certainly hope our system gets better..far too many suffer and are left hanging..and are forced to go without..


. (1)
Saturday April 11, 2009, 6:01 am
This hits right in our home. My husband has medical issues, suffering from horrible lower back pain due to a narrowing of the spinal column he was born with. For years, it only acted up about 3 times a year. Now it has become so painful, without medications he would not be able to do much of anything. We live in a small community, and basically trying to get any help with a sliding fee arrangement, assistance for him to have some injections into those vertebra, and into a pain specialist is out of sight for us. I am disabled due to many health issues, from Lupus, degenerative joint disease, and much more. He works his own business from home, thank goodness, so he can help me. But, his income depends on clients (web design and development) and my monthly check is barely enough to cover bills, much less expensive doctors, tests, therapy, medications and so forth. We are in dire straits due to now our own primary care physician is basically going to stop helping his own patients with pain. He is referring all of them to a pain care specialist about 20 miles away, yet the issue there is that doctors fees, and then procedures will be to high for us to afford. My husband faces not being able to get help at all, which would put us in the poor house more than we already are. My hopes are things change quickly. We need more doctors here, or free/sliding scale clinics desperately. There is just no place, with the exception of one clinic for our entire county, and they are booked to the max, and it takes months to even get them to refer you, and then help try and get someone to help pay for it all. I realize we are just one of so many with the same issues. Everywhere you turn, you hear stories much like ours...

Dee C (23)
Saturday April 11, 2009, 6:04 am
That is the sad truth in it Pam..I am so sorry so many are struggling and going without simple medical care..It should be a given for all who need it..

Rod Gesner (60)
Saturday April 11, 2009, 12:24 pm
Free Clinics worked well In the 70's Even Illegall Drug Testing Operations served an Important Purpose (now We Gotta Wait for the stuff to Kill a Few People and Get Autopsied Before the street gets warned)..
People Helping People Should Never be a Crime; But What you wanna Bet the Med Fics and Insurance Gangstas Get involved in suppresing free Clinics in some Area's.?...
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