Doctor Donating Space for Free Medical Clinic
Dr. Nadeem Husain, cardiologist, is currently hosting the clinic at his office space at South Mountain Cardiology.
“It is a walk-in clinic open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays expect for national holidays,” You don’t need an appointment,” he said.
And Husain reassures prospective patients that the service really is free and is open to anyone. One does not have to live in South Phoenix or even greater Phoenix to become a patient.
“We expect people in the local community in Phoenix,” he said. “There are still a lot of people who might not qualify for ACCESS or have some other issue that does not allow them to get insurance. Some are working class people and cannot afford to get proper healthcare.”
Serving the clinic will be doctors on a rotation basis, but they will be in contact with a network of specialists with whom to consult.
Husain said the clinic will offer free examinations, lab work, prescriptions and any other service normally offered at any doctor’s office
“It (the clinic) was the brainchild of the Association of Physicians of Pakistani Decent of North America-AZ, Phoenix Chapter, he said.
“It was a work in progress for many years. The current president (of APPNA, AZ) is
Dr. Habit Khan and past president Dr. Zahra Jan. They were both sitting with me at a dinner and told me they had been thinking about starting a free clinic, but they had not found a place for it,” he said. “I automatically said, ‘Why don’t you use my office on the weekend.’ That happened about a year ago.”
The APPNA is a big organization of people who came from Pakistan to America who have embraced this country as our country, he said.
“The Arizona chapter has about 100 doctors. There is already a free clinic running in Tucson. We said, why not Phoenix?”
“Thousands of people don’t have insurance. Anyone who is reading this is welcome,” he said. “It doesn’t matter where you live, even if you are visiting Arizona.”
To raise funds for the clinic, the organization holds fundraisers and donates to the cause.
“We would be happy to have more volunteers and we would like local community support as well,” he said.
Husain has been a doctor of internal medicine since 1993. He went back for additional training to become a cardiologist.
“The challenge. I guess that drew me,” he said. When I got exposed to it, it became my passion.”
He said there are many other doctors who were instrumental in getting the clinic up and running including Dr. Nadeem Kazi, Dr. Imran Bhatti, and Dr. Shahid Yakoob.
The clinic is at 303 E. Baseline Road Suite 105 on the southwest corner of Jesse Owens Parkway and Baseline Road. To learn more call 602-254-6640.