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A Day in the Life of a One-Day Free Clinic

Hundreds of employed uninsured receive needed medical care — from hundreds of volunteers

Most people cared for by the National Association of Free Clinics's one- and two-day medical clinics for the uninsured are employed or looking for work. On August 4, nearly 2,000 people received care at the NAFC's event in Washington, D.C., where waiting areas and more than 75 curtained exam rooms filled the arena floor of the city's convention center. (Seen above during set-up.) Clinic events open to patients at 11 a.m. and often run past 9 p.m.

  — Photo by Chris Usher

Return to the main story: Learn more about the National Association of Free Clinics and the clinic event pictured above by reading "Uninsured and Want Medical Care?"

Offer your help: Interested medical and non-medical volunteers can find information about upcoming clinics at the NAFC's events page. To learn about other types of charitable and volunteer activities, visit AARP's Giving Back channel.

Find help: Uninsured individuals and families seeking free or low-cost medical care can find local referrals at or the government website Find a Health Center. Information about accessing insurance and health care services can be found in AARP's Health Care Reform channel and through AARP's Benefits QuickLINK program.

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