Tap-In is trying to help find more doctors, nurses, PAs, NPs and dentists to staff free clinics. This dire need flies below the conscious radar of most Americans as they deal with what they've got on their own plates.
Unless you are uninsured, or have the prospect staring you in the face with a suspected layoff or failure of the business that employs you, you may not be aware of how ridiculously urgent the situation is becoming. Then again, maybe you've been uninsured before, or have gone bankrupt yourself from medical bills not covered by a health plan.
But if you're reading this blog, you're probably very much aware of the problem and how the economic crisis is adding fuel to the flames.
My scans of the news bring me stories like the following every day, and the curve is trending upward.
From Missouri: Study finds a third of state uninsured.
From North Carolina: Uninsured strain NC Free Clinics
From Georgia: Safety net health centers struggle to meet demand
Kansas City: Free clinics are flooded with new patients