Three-day Mega Clinic Provides More Than $20 Million in Health Care Services to 6,192 San Antonio Residents
San Antonio, Tex. » More than 1,700 healthcare professionals and volunteers operated a no-cost mega medical and dental clinic in San Antonio, Texas, on April 8-10, 2015. Organizers announced that $20,124,000 in free health-related services were offered to noninsured and underinsured residents of San Antonio at the Alamodome. 6,192 residents were treated at the clinic, including 360 who were given surgical services, at no cost. Organizers had originally estimated $10 million in services to 6,000.
The event was organized by Your Best Pathway to Health, a service of Adventist-Laymen’s Services & Industries (ASI), in partnership with the Seventh-day Adventist Church, Adventist Health System, and other entities. Your Best Pathway to Health was co-sponsored by the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District, working closely with the Office of Mayor Ivy R. Taylor.
Free on-site services included primary care visits, women’s health services including pap smears, consultation by medical specialists including heart evaluation, as well as gastroenterology, neurology, pulmonology, rheumatology, infectious disease, general and orthopedic surgery, pediatrics, podiatry services, immunizations, root canals, crowns, fillings, extractions, dental cleaning, pharmacy, eyeglass fittings and examinations, STD screenings, medical massage, physical therapy, x-rays, laboratory services, haircuts, chaplaincy services, and a free meal.
No insurance and no identification were required. No appointment was necessary, other than surgical procedures, which required free-of-charge pre-surgery visits.
The next mega clinic will be held next in Spokane, Washington, on August 3-4, 2015. Visit www.yourbestpathwaytohealth.org for more information.
Editor’s note: Look for a full feature article on Your Best Pathway to Health in the August issue of the Record! More information and photos can be found on the Your Best Pathway to Health Facebook page, www.facebook.com/YourBestPathwayToHealth