Moral Low Ground


Florida Doctors Treat Uninsured Patients

What if your income is too high to qualify for Medicaid or other government health care programs but too low to be able to afford quality medical care? If you live in the Tampa Bay area in Florida, you’re in luck. That’s because there’s a handful of doctors there who provide great medical care for those who need but cannot afford it.

With more than 3,600,000 Floridians lacking health insurance, business is brisk. But Dr. George Kamajian, a former emergency room doctor, is undaunted. He doesn’t accept insurance and instead offers a ‘gym membership-type’ program for his low-income patients. Members pay a one-time fee and visit Dr. Kamajian as often as they need to.

According to Bay News 9, Kamajian treats some patients who can’t afford even his modest membership fee without charge. A self-described “child of the 1960s,” Dr. Kamajian believes filling the social need for affordable health care is a doctor’s duty. He  has been providing this valuable service for three years now and has plans to expand to a second location.

Dr. Rhonda Russick, who runs a similar program at the St. Petersburg Free Clinic, told the St. Petersburg Times “the more people in the area that focus on the needs of the uninsured, the better.”

With nearly 20% of Pinellas County’s 910,000 residents falling into that category, she says there’s room for plenty more doctors like herself and George Kamajian.

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