During these tough economic times, many people are struggling to pay for the medical care they need. That's why one Mosinee church is helping to provide free basic health care coverage to the community.
Pastor Jim Verkest with the United Methodist Church in Mosinee says if you live anywhere from Rothschild south to the Portage County line and do not have health insurance, you can receive free health care from their new clinic.
Doctors and nurses from Aspirus Weston and St. Claire's Hospital will volunteer their time Tuesday mornings and Thursday nights to anyone in need.
The clinic hopes to help patients not only with the basic cold but also help pay for chronic illnesses through voucher programs and even help with certain prescription drugs.
"It's a growing problem unfortunately not a shrinking problem, and what we hope to be is a bridge between people who are struggling with this and access with the health care system so that they can get the kind of health care they need," said Pastor Jim Verkest from the Mosinee Methodist Church.
Not only will the clinic provide health care services, Pastor Verkest says they also have resources for families to find programs to become insured in the future, so they won't have to rely on their clinic for long.
The local church hopes to help about 50 patients per week at the clinic, which opened Tuesday. They hope to include eye and dental care by this June.
If you would like to find out more about the free health clinic, or would like to make a donation call (715) 693-7145.