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May 17, 1995

Private Sector Volunteerism as a Solution to Caring for the Uninsured

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Sterling, Mass

JAMA. 1995;273(19):1487. doi:10.1001/jama.1995.03520430023012

To the Editor.  —In his Editorial,1 Dr Lundberg calls on "all players in the entire health industry—for-profit and not-for-profit—to give away their fair share of free care to those in need." In March 1994, a free medical program was established in a local church in Worcester, Mass. The program is the joint effort of individuals from all over the community. Founded by a physician and a minister, nurses from local hospitals and medical students volunteer their time, and patients and church members help with registration and other nonmedical tasks. The local hospital provides clean patient gowns each week, a private laboratory provides free testing, and a private for-profit x-ray facility provides comprehensive radiology services. Pharmaceutical representatives provide free drug samples.The entire program has been operated without a budget. There have been a few donations that are used for supplies. All of the administration is accomplished during brief meetings

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