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May 17, 1995

Private Sector Volunteerism as a Solution to Caring for the Uninsured

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Bloomington, Ill

JAMA. 1995;273(19):1487. doi:10.1001/jama.1995.03520430023013

To the Editor.  —The first benevolent volunteers have already stepped forward in this phase of our health system revolution: the physicians.1 To my knowledge, there are 175 free clinics now in operation in the United States. In Illinois in the last 2 years free clinics have opened in Bloomington, Peoria, Springfield, and Pontiac, among other areas, which help to make Illinois second in the country, after Virginia (oral communication, K. C. Kelleher, MD, January 20, 1995) in the number of free clinics.In addition to physicians volunteering their time and effort, corporate America has volunteered: in Bloomington we opened only because of the financial support of a national insurance company. Other companies, including drug companies, have supported our efforts not only with money, but also gifts in kind. Finally, the Illinois State Medical Society forgoes the annual Christmas party and instead donates the money to various free medical clinics

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