B.L. drives a taxicab in New York City for a living. He is 54 years old, is married with two children and his customers often tell him he should go see a doctor for that hacking cough he’s had for the past couple of months.
If it were only that simple. B.L. doesn’t have health insurance.
Among large urban areas in the United States, New York City has one of the largest groups of uninsured residents, comprising a growing number of individuals whose health care needs are simply not being met. Recognizing this tremendous gap in the delivery of medical care, the Weill Cornell Community Clinic (WCCC) was established six years ago by a group of medical students concerned about the barriers to health care faced by uninsured individuals. WCCC is a student-led initiative that provides high quality, free health care for this vulnerable population for which a safety net does not exist.