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Convention Center To Hold Free Clinic

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By Sabri Ben-Achour

The Washington Convention Center is preparing to become the nation's largest doctor's office for a day. At least 1200 uninsured people are expected to make their way to the Convention Center on Wednesday for a one day Free Clinic.

"Nothing will surprise us," says Nicole Lamoureux, Executive Director of the National Association of Free Clinics, the non-profit putting on the clinic. D.C. actually has one of the lowest uninsured rates in the country, but Lamoureux says she's expecting to serve a much broader area.

"Unfortunately people need care and they need care right now. In past clinics we've had people come from three four states away," she says.

More than 800 volunteers will shepherd visitors through 76 exam rooms, eye glasses will be made on site, and Lamoureux says the clinic will arrange for follow up care for people when they return home. Appointments can be made online or by phone at 877-233-5159, the clinic is taking walk-ins as well.

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