Volunteer physicians help the uninsured receive healthcare

Volunteer physicians help the uninsured receive healthcare (WPEC)

Only on CBS12 News, a look inside the largest free clinic in the sunshine state.

The Caridad Center in Boynton Beach serves thousands of uninsured people in Palm Beach County.

The nonprofit has been going strong for almost 30 years now.

Like any other nonprofit, donations are important.

But at the Caridad Center, volunteer physicians are another reason the working poor still have a place to get free healthcare.

Every morning, dozens of people pack this lobby of the Caridad Center.

Each and every one is looking for either medical, vision or dental care.

“ I am so blessed to know this clinic,” said Amy Dias.

Dias, who is diabetic, has been coming here for more than a decade now.

She said it’s the only place she can get what she needs to stay healthy.

“They helped me with the treatments for diabetes, medicine and labs,” Dias said.

Her physician, retired Dr. Melvyn Kramer, dedicates a few days out of the month to volunteer at the Caridad Center.

“I think a lot of people like myself they have time and they devoted part of their care here because they want to give back to the community,” Dr. Kramer said.

He also gets to teach aspiring med students.

“ I would love to do something like this. I really feel that would be something that would add a lot of my life and really something I can put forward,” said Kara Busheme, a student at Florida Atlantic University.

The free clinic serves more than 6,000 people.

CEO of the Caridad Center Laura Kallus said just last year they had 33,000 patient visits.

“The people who come to the Caridad Center are the working poor, those who have jobs and just can’t afford insurance,” Kallus said.

Dias said the center is more than just a place to get free healthcare. The volunteers are like family.

“I am so thankful for this place all the help and support for other people,” Dias said.

Each year, the charity tries to raise $3 million to keep the free clinic

The Caridad Center will be holding its annual charity gala on January 26th at the Eau Palm Beach Resort in Manalapan.

Our very own Liz Quirantes will be emceeing the event.

For information on the gala, visit here.

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