Theresa Day, 50, had been waiting two hours for her appointment at the To Help Everyone Clinic, a community fixture at 38th Street and Western Avenue for more than 30 years. A bus driver who lost her job and insurance, she tapped her finger on the chair and flipped through a novel. More than once, she walked down the hall to ask how much longer she would have to wait.
“This is awful,” said Day, who suffers from rheumatoid arthritis and used to go to Kaiser. She says she never thought “in a million years” that she would need to come to a clinic for medical care.
As it struggles to care for existing patients, nearly 55% of whom are uninsured and 30% covered by Medi-Cal, the clinic is trying to prepare for more.