Free Medical Clinic for Uninsured People Draws Thousands

A massive free health clinic for uninsured people in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday morning attracted nearly two thousand people, from infants to the elderly, all taking advantage of free doctor attention, blood tests and cancer screenings they otherwise wouldn't be able to afford.

The C.A.R.E. (Communities Are Responding Everday) Clinic, sponsored by the National Association of Free Clinics, is the seventh in a series of clinics around the country offering uninsured people HIV/AIDS testing, mental health services, pregnancy tests, pharmacy counseling and strep tests in addition to routine physicals.

Donald Johnson, 50, and his old friend Johnnie Hindsman, 57, said they heard about the clinic and decided to make a day of it, since both of them lost their health insurance when they got laid off from their jobs. Johnson, who worked full-time at the Washington Scholarship Fund before it folded in March 2009, said he came to the clinic to take advantage of the free prostate cancer screenings and to have his blood pressure checked...

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