OKLAHOMA CITY - OU Physicians has opened a clinic at the Oklahoma City-County Health Department aiming to make primary health care affordable.
Sitting in the health department waiting room, full-time nursing student Donna Shephard knows what it's like to be sick without health insurance.
"It's really hard for me when I get sick or something happens," Shephard said. "I don't have a lot of money to spend on that kind of thing."
She's not alone; the Oklahoma Primary Care Association said half a million Oklahomans can't afford primary care, but OU Physicians aims to change that.
The organization opened two affordable primary health clinics at the health department.
Executive Director of the clinic, Holly Adams, said without primary care, the patients would be in the emergency room.
"There are a number of patients in our community that walk around with severely high blood pressure and uncontrolled diabetes and by the time they show up in the emergency room, we then get very reactive to their medical care," Adams said. "The purpose of these clinics is that we want to be very proactive in giving patients access."
At the clinics, patients pay for care based on their income; it can cost anywhere from$10 to $60.
Doctors hope the care will make Oklahoma healthier.
The clinics are located at 921 N.E. 23rd St. and 4330 N.W. 10th St.
You don't need to bring any paperwork to get care and if you don't have a valid U.S. identification card.
You will have to pay a bill; however, the clinic said a payment schedule can be set up.