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Linda Judah

The Social Welfare Board is thankful for the physician help provided to its patients.

On March 30, 2019, National Doctor’s Day is celebrated recognizing the contributions of physicians who serve our country by caring for its citizens. In Buchanan County, physician specialists working privately and through Mosaic Life Care accept referrals from the Social Welfare Board to see the clinic’s patients in their office at no or minimum charge.

The following physicians currently volunteer at the clinic: Dr. Andres, Dr. Corder, Dr. Kline, Dr. McMillen, Dr. Mulder and Dr. Stuber.

Ninety percent of the patients assisted by the Social Welfare Clinic are uninsured with earnings well below 200 percent of the federal poverty level, translating to earnings of $24,980 annually for a one-person household. These uninsured patients are unable to afford health insurance and are unable to acquire health insurance by way of Missouri’s very restrictive Medicaid program.

Without the benevolent assistance of these caring doctors, many of our patients would go without necessary specialized medical treatment. Untreated health conditions, in the end, place a strain on the community’s entire health care financial system which ultimately raises the cost of care and insurance rates.

According to the U.S. Census 2020, 15.6 percent of Buchanan County residents live at 100 percent or below the poverty line (less than $12,490 annually) and 10.4 percent between the 19-64 years of age do not have health insurance. Currently 3,119 individual patients receive medical, dental and women’s health services at the Social Welfare Board.

Thank you to the many physician and dental specialists who give of their time and talent to the underserved residents of Buchanan County. You are our heroes!

Linda Judah is executive director

of the Social Welfare Board.