A bitch was saddened to read that La Clinica on Fairview Avenue in St. Louis has closed due to financial trouble.
La Clinica provided affordable healthcare to mostly Hispanics and immigrants.
Most of the staff spoke fluent Spanish and English.
They also did not question a patient’s legal status.
The loss of La Clinica highlights multiple needs…for quality affordable healthcare, for multi-lingual healthcare options to address racial disparities in care…and for the reform of immigration policy that forces people underground, discourages them from seeking medical care for fear of deportation and puts all of us at risk.
There are several providers serving the uninsured and under-insured in the city. Some have bi-lingual staff…others may or may not ask a patient’s legal status.
But the loss of La Clinica, a trusted provider, demonstrates the far-reaching impact of our economic crisis.
One clinic’s closure equals our community’s loss…