‘We serve everyone’: Tzu Chi Foundation free medical clinic offers help, hope

Mark Lee has had pain in his right leg for about three months; it nags him mostly in the morning.

The 70-year-old lived in Houston following his emigration to America from Taiwan in 1979. He recently moved to Newark, and hasn’t yet found a doctor near his new home.

But thanks to the help of the Tzu Chi Foundation — an international nonprofit that among other services helps people access free medical care — Lee was in a waiting room Sunday morning just minutes from seeing an acupuncturist about his ailment.

“Hopefully they can help,” Lee said in an interview Sunday at the foundation’s Milpitas service center at 175 Dempsey Road. “In the daytime it’s OK, but once I go to sleep and wake up, it’s very painful,” he said of his leg.

Lee is just one of dozens of people who were visiting the Tzu Chi Foundation Northwest Region Office’s community outreach clinic.

Those coming into the clinic Sunday had the opportunity to get basic services like blood pressure and blood sugar tests, but also eye and dental checkups and treatments, and they could see a chiropractor or acupuncturist, as well.

While the foundation is a Buddhist organization, the periodic outreach clinics serve all people regardless of their religion, ethnicity, or income level, according to Sherry Shih, the foundation’s local spokesperson.

“We serve everyone,” Shih said Sunday. “In our community, there are many people that are short of medical and dental resources.”

The foundation also hosts a dental and acupuncture services clinic at the Milpitas center on the second and fourth Mondays of every month, for qualifying low-income people.

Shih said many of the clinic’s clients make use of the dental services, because many Californians are without dental insurance. She said even some people who have dental insurance often can’t afford their co-pays, and opt to come to …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Health


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