A dirt lot near Martin Luther King Boulevard and Washington Avenue could become a Mecca for the medically uninsured within the next two years.
"We take care of people with chronic medical problems, and just giving them a little bit of blood pressure medication or just a little bit of diabetes medicine will absolutely prevent them from being hospitalized," said Rebecca Edgeworth, medical director with Volunteers in Medicine of Southern Nevada.
At their current clinic, Volunteers in Medicine of Southern Nevada, or VMSN, has about 6,000 patient visits a year, without charging the patients to see a doctor or to get their medication.
But VMSN said this new downtown clinic would provide so much more.
"It'll have dental, ophthalmologic. It'll have mental health facilities, as well as regular family practice family care," Edgeworth said.
And it's not the only clinic coming to an area that desperately needs it.
"Downtown's need is the greatest. It has the zip codes with the highest poverty and the poorest access to health care," said Dr. Florence Jameson, chief executive officer of VMSN.
The Downtown Project has announced a medical clinic slated to open inside a building at 7th and Bridger by the end of 2013.
According to their website, patients can receive care for a flat monthly fee, with no insurance needed, for about the price of a gym membership.
Meanwhile, VMSN said although operated by separate organizations, the two clinics will not be in competition.
"There will be more than enough patients to go around. The need in the community is really significant," Edgeworth said.
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