Free medical clinic to open in Sanford
August 23, 2011, 12:20 am
Harvest Time International plans to open a free clinic next month at its headquarters off State Road 46 in Sanford. The nonprofit organization already offers low-cost food to 500 families in the region every day. Many of those clients requested medical care, communications director Lena Smolinsky said. “It’s a major need. We get questions every day about it,” she said.
Seminole County has a handful of clinics that offer medical care for free, or on a sliding scale. For example, Shepherd’s Hope runs free clinics in Longwood and Oviedo. The facilities often have more patients than they can see, Smolinsky said. The Medical Care Center, which Smolinsky hoped to open earlier this year, will have five examination rooms. It also plans to offer eye exams and low-cost prescriptions. The clinic will serve families from all over the region that are uninsured and live at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty limit: about $44,000 a year for a family of four.
About 23 percent of the county’s adults are uninsured, according to the 2011 County Health Rankings by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.