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Networks of care

Charity | Formal and informal groups of healthcare providers are keeping the poor from missing the safety net
by Susan Olasky
Posted 9/07/12, 01:00 am

Carol cradles her right foot in her hand, taking off her black Croc sandal and white sock. The callus on her heel is so hard it has worn a hole in the shoe. She could live with that, but up higher, on the fleshy part of her foot, sits a large, soft tissue growth. Every time she walks on it, pain shoots through her leg. Just walking to the bathroom is painful.

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On the road

Charity
by Tiffany Owens
Posted 9/07/12, 01:00 am

By bus, train, and car this summer, I visited medical clinics in a dozen cities, then walked the neighborhoods around the clinics.

The first stop was small - Zarephath, N.J., 43 miles from New York City, with a downtown home to half a dozen Mexican and Honduran restaurants. Pawn shops, public notaries, and money transfer stores pepper the street.

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Beyond the flow charts

Charity | A ground-level look at charity clinics throughout the United States finds a thriving, but often ignored, subsection of American healthcare
by Susan Olasky
Posted 9/07/12, 01:00 am

In 2002 an Ecuadorian showed up in a hospital emergency room in Charlotte, N.C. In broken English he tried to describe the chest pains he was experiencing. At that time, the hospital didn't have an interpreter. In frustration the man went home and called his uncle, who spoke good English. The uncle drove to his nephew's house to take him back to the hospital, but found the nephew dead of a massive heart attack.

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