VOLUNTEERS IN MEDICINE (national office)
August 14, 2012
Our county in Washington State has no free medical clinic for the uninsured and under insured. Several providers had met to consider meeting the county needs, so we looked for experience from other free medical clinics. We were pleasantly surprised to find among the resources available was the national office of Volunteers in Medicine (VIM). This group was established in 1994 to provide assistance to start up free medical clinics, the success of which is indicated by the fact that now there are 84 VIM clinics across the US including two in Washington State. I visited one in Port Angeles, Washington that provides care to 1,400 individuals. The VIM national office has many resources with which to help at each stage of development and all free of charge except to pay for travel expenses for one of their advisers to make a site visit.
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As far as I know, they are the only organization of their kind supplying advice on starting free clinics to the entire United States.
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