Today the Houston Press News published an article about a place that is near and dear to my heart—The San Jose Clinic, an organization whose mission is to provide quality healthcare and education to those with limited access to such services in an environment which respects the dignity of each person.
Founded in 1922 with just $50, the clinic has been able to provide both basic and specialized medical care to Houstonians in need—those who either cannot afford or have been denied healthcare for any number of reasons. In today’s article, the Houston Press noted that many more Texans will find themselves without health care coverage as the new laws come into effect, even as financial supporters of the clinic may cut back on donations, believing that the Affordable Care Act will shrink the clinic’s customer base.
Together with the press, I want to highlight the fact that now, more than ever, the people served by the San Jose Clinic need our help and support. In 2012 alone, the clinic utilized the service of 784 volunteers who contributed over 23,000 hours of service.
For the past 13 years, I have been a regular monthly volunteer at the San Jose Clinic. As a Houston podiatrist, I believe that no one should be denied medical care because they can’t afford the cost of a health plan. If you are suffering from foot pain or any other medical condition but don’t have healthcare, I urge you to visit the San Jose Clinic, where I can assure you that you will receive top notch care.