The most recent statewide study revealed the rate of uninsured adults, aged 19 to 65, is 21.2 percent. This translates into almost 720,000 adults with no health insurance living and working in Louisiana.
The Calcasieu Community Clinic, located in the Nursing Building on the McNeese State University campus, was established by a group of concerned physicians to address the needs of the growing population of low-income, working uninsured persons in Southwest Louisiana. Their goal was to provide free, quality healthcare to persons who helped themselves, but were unable to provide for their own health needs. The first Clinic was held in February of 2001.
Almost eight years later, with an unduplicated patient base of over 2100 persons, the Community Clinic has provided close to $3 million in total medical services to the community. Every Thursday evening during clinic hours, volunteer physicians and nurses provide on site health care while volunteer pharmacists staff the Clinic pharmacy to dispense the medications prescribed. Patients are referred out for lab tests, mammograms, or specialized services not available at the clinic. This is done at no charge to the patient.
Seventy-eight percent of the clinic’s population is female. Many of these women have never recieved mammogram services prior to their treatment at the Clinic. In 2002 the staff at the Clinic began a Mammogram Screening Program which was initially funded with grants. The Clinic now holds an OB/GYN clinic once each quarter, and to date they have provided over $30,000 in mammogram screenings. In addition to mammogram screenings, diagnostic tests and ultrasounds are being made available in an effort to ensure our patients are given the best health care that the Clinic can provide. Pap tests from OB/GYN patients are referred to local labs for diagnostics.
All of the patients recive free medications from the Clinic’s state approved pharmacy located inside. While many of the medications prescribed must be purhcased, the clinic receives donations of medication from physicians’s officies and nursing homes. The Clinic also subscibe to patient assistance programs offered through various pharmaceutical companies.
The Calcasieu Community Clinic is financially dependent on the community it serves. McNeese State University has provided a facility, free of charge, since the Clinic’s inception in 2000. The local Medical Society has remained steadfast in their support, and in addition to private donations and grants, the Clinic is supported by the United Way of Southwest Louisiana.
For more information on the Calcasieu Community Clinic, please call 337-478-8650.