Western Wisconsin free clinic provides health care and hope for...

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Graycrab

Minneapolis, MN

#1 Aug 10, 2008
The staff and volunteers deserve a loud thanks for going above and beyond.
Bucky

River Falls, WI

#2 Aug 11, 2008
They really tapped into a need in this area. To all who volunteer their time, a big thank you!
Andy

United States

#3 Aug 11, 2008
Wait a minute...free?
Hill Billy Phil

Buffalo, MN

#4 Aug 11, 2008
Good friggin lord, I had to work crap jobs to make ends meet and no one ever gave me a hand out. People its time you snap the hell out of it and realize we cant continue to cover your A$$es for everything. One good thing is maybe some of the crap in MN will move to WI for the free benes.
The Original Kacy

Eden Prairie, MN

#5 Aug 11, 2008
Hill Billy Phil wrote:
Good friggin lord, I had to work crap jobs to make ends meet and no one ever gave me a hand out. People its time you snap the hell out of it and realize we cant continue to cover your **** es for everything. One good thing is maybe some of the crap in MN will move to WI for the free benes.
I worked a "crap job" for years that didn't offer health benefits. Had it not been for free clinics (that aren't always free - mine was a sliding fee scale, so I paid a small fee), I would have had not medical or dental care during those six years. As I was walking out after a visit, I looked at the woman at the desk and said "someday when I'm rich I'll give lots and lots of money to you guys, I promise."

Now that I am married and both of us are gainfully employed (but certainly not rich), I make a generous contribution to that clinic every year.

Until there is some serious health care reform in this country, these clinics will continue to be the only option for a lot of people. Why would you not want anyone to have basic healthcare?
The Original Kacy

Eden Prairie, MN

#6 Aug 11, 2008
Also, in a lot of smaller towns there aren't a lot of businesses that can afford to offer health benefits to employees. I know it's hard to believe, but there are a whole lot of full-time workers who aren't lazy, nor on welfare, nor bad people, and they don't have medical insurance. WHOA!
Enough is enough

Omaha, NE

#7 Aug 12, 2008
Hooray for Wisconsin! Hello any Politicians reading this?! Get a clue & follow their lead! We ALL deserve affordable health care. The GREED of our country (especially health care businesses) is killing its own people! Does it really cost $5.00 for a single Tylenol at the hospital?! I seriously doubt it! The goal of the health care industry is to make things so complicated & confusing that we all get so frustrated we just give up! My advice is to read every item, evey line of your statements and keep calling until they have answers for all your questions! NEVER give up, always demand answers. Until we make them answer for their actions, they will continue to take advantage of us! It all goes back to getting health care regulated! No one should have to choose between eating and getting prescription medication! It's an outrage! What happened to having MORALS?
The Original Kacy

Eden Prairie, MN

#8 Aug 12, 2008
Enough is enough wrote:
Hooray for Wisconsin! Hello any Politicians reading this?! Get a clue & follow their lead! We ALL deserve affordable health care. The GREED of our country (especially health care businesses) is killing its own people! Does it really cost $5.00 for a single Tylenol at the hospital?! I seriously doubt it! The goal of the health care industry is to make things so complicated & confusing that we all get so frustrated we just give up! My advice is to read every item, evey line of your statements and keep calling until they have answers for all your questions! NEVER give up, always demand answers. Until we make them answer for their actions, they will continue to take advantage of us! It all goes back to getting health care regulated! No one should have to choose between eating and getting prescription medication! It's an outrage! What happened to having MORALS?
Well said! Couldn't agree more!
Mrs R

United States

#9 Aug 12, 2008
Mr. Enough, great comments!

"Hooray for Wisconsin! Hello any Politicians reading this?! Get a clue & follow their lead! We ALL deserve affordable health care. The GREED of our country (especially health care businesses) is killing its own people!"

Who was the joker who put a funny rating on your comments? I didn't think your comments were funny, although they were 100% correct.
Another perspective

Saint Paul, MN

#10 Aug 12, 2008
Enough is enough wrote:
Hooray for Wisconsin! Hello any Politicians reading this?! Get a clue & follow their lead! We ALL deserve affordable health care. The GREED of our country (especially health care businesses) is killing its own people! Does it really cost $5.00 for a single Tylenol at the hospital?! I seriously doubt it! The goal of the health care industry is to make things so complicated & confusing that we all get so frustrated we just give up! My advice is to read every item, evey line of your statements and keep calling until they have answers for all your questions! NEVER give up, always demand answers. Until we make them answer for their actions, they will continue to take advantage of us! It all goes back to getting health care regulated! No one should have to choose between eating and getting prescription medication! It's an outrage! What happened to having MORALS?
Agreed. One problem I see is that when people are sick, especially when they are really sick, they don't have the energy or the means to follow up on these insurance issues. It's pretty hard to try to hold the system accountable when you are trying to get well. Not everyone has someone that can or will advocate for them.
The Original Kacy

Eden Prairie, MN

#11 Aug 13, 2008
Another perspective wrote:
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Agreed. One problem I see is that when people are sick, especially when they are really sick, they don't have the energy or the means to follow up on these insurance issues. It's pretty hard to try to hold the system accountable when you are trying to get well. Not everyone has someone that can or will advocate for them.
Not to mention a lot of people just simply don't understand their insurance policies or how to be an advocate for themself. It's complicated, and, as you mention, probably much more difficult if you are ill and trying to manage it.

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