The two day free health care event was held on Feb. 8 and Feb. 9, said Dr. William Brooks, a dentist in Grand Ledge. Brooks has been organizing the event for 24 years.
Dr. William Brooks, a dentist in Grand Ledge who has been organizing the free health care event for 24 years, said there were dentists, optometrists, chiropractors and a physician to support the two days of free health care service. Appointments were held in their own offices. Some only offer the service for children. Most of services need to call to make an appointment.
Many people cannot afford the cost of health care without the health insurance. Even two days of free health care is not able to solve all problems, but it still means a lot for many people who do not have the health insurance.
According to the 2012 Uninsured in Michigan Report from the Michigan Department of Community Health, 66.9 percent of the population has employer-based coverage, and only 4.8 percent people have individually purchased coverage. However, the report shows there are 10,356 people uninsured in Eaton County, and 60,775 people uninsured in Clinton County, where Grand Ledge is located.
“ We offer free eye exam and eye wear for children,” said Grary Sokol, an optometrist doctor in Grand Ledge.
Sokol said she has been joining this service for nine years. Her office is going to offer free eye care for children at the event. She also said if some patients need long-term treatment, she will transfer these patients to another clinic.
The 2012 the Uninsured in Michigan Report from the Michigan Department of Community Health shows that 5.5 percent of children in Michigan are uninsured.
“ We already have about 2000 people made an appointments, two days maybe is not enough for all these appointments,” said Charmaine Lanjopoulos, a Chiropractor said her clinic joined this free health care event 23 years ago, and offers all basic things for free, such as cleaning chiropractic.
It is hard for so many people to pay for their health care problems, Brooks said he wants to try his best to help as many people as he can.