The new clinic will provide free healthcare to patients without insurance, and to those within 200% of the poverty line. The clinic is open to anyone living in central Florida, even if they can't pay for the services.
Atif Fareed, the Chairman of American Muslim Community Centers, explained that part of the driving force behind the clinic's creation was a desire to serve the community. "We wanted to do something because we have a lot of doctors in our community to serve the larger community."
Fareed explained that serving people in need is strongly in keeping with Muslim beliefs. “Part of our faith is to serve those who are in need, so the doctors, who are very busy said, 'This is a great opportunity, because we do not get the opportunity to volunteer as much,' so they can use their profession, their skills."
This free clinic is just one of the many free health clinics run by Muslims which have been opened across the country. Other clinics are located in Jacksonville, Florida, Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, and Silver Spring, Maryland.
The opening of this free health clinic comes at an excellent time. President Trump has spoken openly about his plans to repeal the Affordable Care Act. With no concrete details about what the plan may be replaced with, it's possible that more and more people may find themselves without health insurance.
These free health clinics are a step forward to ensuring that all Americans have access to the healthcare that they need. Healthcare should never be a sacrifice because of low income, and the American Muslim Community Clinic means that Floridians don't have to make that sacrifice.