Feeling Good – Patient Success Story “David”

The MERCI Clinic patients want to tell their story– stories of how the clinic helps them get through the day. Without care from the clinic, they would be without much needed medical and dental care– and life-saving medicine. With no other options, they would be forced to seek care in the emergency room or– just go without. Many can only afford to buy either food for their family or insulin for their diabetes.

David is 57 years old and has been a patient for six months. David has never had health insurance; a nurse at a doctor’s office told him about the clinic. David was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis years ago, but his symptoms suddenly intensified to the point where he could not even get out of bed. He was in constant pain and could not work. He has also been diagnosed with asthma.   The clinic referred him to a rheumatologist who sees David in his office at no charge. He sees a MERCI Clinic physician about once a month and receives meds each month as well. David explains that he could not afford to pay a private doctor and purchase prescriptions too.

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