Wednesday, April 08, 2009

One clinic’s closure…

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…

5 comments:

Ed The Sports Fan said...

Damn that sucks, shoulda went there before it closed lol...

-Ed.

oleander. said...

That's just awful. I hope that, at the very least, the staff will be quickly employed in other agencies so they'll still be able to provide services...

Dusty said...

But...those asshats on Wall Street can finagle millions to line their pockets with..

Shit.

Infuriated Faggot said...

Yeah, this is a big loss for the Hispanic Community in St. Louis- most of which cannot get reasonable care due to many regional hospitals unwillingness to cooperate with rules mandating bilingual staff. Ugh.

On a brighter note, they had no public transportation to get them there anyway...so even with it closed, the hispanic community isn't really losing anything...

Fuck!

Laura said...

Another one bites the dust.. Damn it another clinic! The Women's Choice Clinic of Oakland announced last week it would also be closing its doors due to financial difficulties. The Women's Choice Clinic is said to be the nation's oldest feminist health clinic. This is all very unfortunate news. There is a group on facebook trying to prevent the closure http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1130287203&ref=profile#/group.php?gid=68836571547&ref=mf.