Every day, hundreds of sick and injured patients walk into free and charitable clinics around the Tampa Bay area in need of a doctor.Many are suffering from chronic conditions, such as diabetes or high blood pressure. Some patients were referred to the clinics by staff at hospitals where they landed after years of neglecting to care for treatable conditions.The clinics allow the patients to pay what they can, or nothing at all. They are staffed by doctors and nurses who volunteer their time. They survive off donations and small grants.Many of the patients have jobs but they are living paycheck to paycheck. None have health insurance, either because they do not qualify for Medicaid or can’t afford private coverage. For these patients, the clinics are often their only option for primary care.
School Safety In The Sunshine State
On Friday’s Roundup we discussed school safety in Florida. Reporting by the South Florida Sun-Sentinelthis week found that a disturbing number of violent threats against students and teachers come from mentally impaired children who are fixated on violence, and have easy access to guns.
To discuss the issue we welcomed:
- Megan O’Matz, a reporter for the Sun-Sentinel
- Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood
- Donna Berghauser, licensed school psychologist and a past-president of the Florida Association of School Psychologists
- Rep. Shevrin Jones (D-101), who is also a former teacher in Broward County
Heather Schatz can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, 904-358-6334 or on Twitter at @heatherschatz.
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