Finding a job with health care or affordable coverage can be very difficult these days. Regardless of your opinion as to whether care should be subsidized or mandatory, nearly everyone can agree that when a fellow human is suffering, they should be able to receive treatment. As social animals, we humans look out for one another as a means of survival for the benefit of society as a whole. Practically speaking, curing an illness helps to curb the spread of infectious disease, keeps taxes and premiums down by managing problems before they get out of hand, and keeps people at work and fueling the economy instead of sick out of commission. Morally, society ensures the well being of all of its members, alleviates pain, and exercises the virtues of kindness and compassion.
San Luis Obispo is fortunate to have the Noor Foundation, a non-profit clinic that provides free health care to the uninsured. Supported entirely by donations and run by volunteer nurses, pharmacists and physicians, the Foundation offers quality medical assistance, education outreach, and advocacy services. Established in 2009 by Dr. Ahmad Nooristani, the organization was formed to tackle the problems of the community’s underserved populations by making non-emergent, acute care free and accessible. They also offer discount proscription coverage, public material for social workers and caregivers, and opportunities for students to learn about addressing health care disparities through the cooperation and of professionals and members of the community.
The Noor Foundation is open on Fridays and Saturdays from 1-5pm. The clinic is located at 1428 Phillips Ln in San Luis Obispo. To make a donation, visit their website. Appointments are available online and by telephone at (805) 439-1797.