03/18/2010 05:12 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Thousands In Midwest Seek Medical Attention At Free Health Fair

Thousands from in and around Missouri lined up to be seen by doctors on the second day of The Kansas City Free Health Clinic. The event is just one of a series of heath care fairs put on by the National Association of Free Clinics to serve Americans who are uninsured or unable to pay the costs of basic medical care.

According to NBC, the clinic saw over 2,000 people on Wednesday and Thursday. NBC reports that 40 percent of patients surveyed have not visited a doctor since 2003.

MSNBC's Ed Schulz spent the day at the Kansas City Civic Center meeting doctors and patients. Schulz commented on how the majority of the patients have jobs, some of them two or three. A doctor he spoke to referred to them as "the new poor."

Schulz said that the story of the free health care clinics has grabbed him like no other in his career. Over 25,000 MSNBC viewers donated about $2 million to the National Association of Free Clinics.


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