We help each other, and also we’re doing what we’re doing, not because we want to be rich or famous, but because we know that we’re helping people.
Usually, we have 10 families at most in a month or two. And now it’s 40. So, it’s four times the number that we used to have in the past. And we have the same resources as we had before. The resources don’t grow.
COVID has exposed fractures in the safety net. Patients that have insurance and have a capacity to obtain insurance are less, and patients without insurance and without capacity to get insurance are growing way too fast. And there is just a limited amount of clinics like this one that can help those people. It’s very difficult, but it’s possible when everybody works together. It’s difficult when there is such a high number of new clients looking for care. And then on top of that, you put COVID in the mixture. It’s difficult. It’s just difficult.
Nilda I. Soto, MD
Open Door Health Center