MIDLAND, TX (KOSA) – The Community Children’s Clinic has been treating area children since 1983. The clinic’s goal is to bridge the gap between low-income families who do not have access to health care.
“These are hard working families, they work most of the time, mom and dad, so they earn too much to qualify for Medicaid but not enough to make ends meet at the end of the month,” said Renee Meiner, the general manager of the community children’s clinic.
Meiner said they see an average of around 15 children per day at this time of year. Children ages seven months to 18 can be seen for just $ 20 if they qualify.
It is a full service clinic. Some of the services they offer include lab work, exams, and drug prescriptions.
“We’re able to ultimately give the right diagnosis to exactly what they need. Plus, we have an in-house pharmacy, so if a child needs a prescription, they’ll go home with one at the end of the day, ”Meiner said.
Meiner said the clinic is not meant to replace a pediatrician’s office. However, some parents who have no choice but to have a place where they can bring their children regardless of their situation.
“He had no more resources and came here and we were able to give them another kind of medicine that they needed because the others weren’t working. He was very grateful and had tears in his eyes at the end because he just didn’t know what he was going to do if we hadn’t been there, ”Meiner said.
The clinic is funded by the community. Foundations, businesses and individuals help the Community Children’s Clinic serve the people of the area.
“The donors are the ones who actually make the magic happen and we become the hands and the feet, but it’s something we all really love to do,” Meiner said.
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