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SC Mission delivers free health care to Midlands residents

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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -

People took full advantage of free medical services that were offered Friday through South Carolina Mission Midlands, a two-day event which offers care for uninsured and under-insured people who are 17 and older.

The capacity for eye exams were reached by 11 a.m., but health exams continued at the State Fairgrounds.

According to Mac Bennett, chairman of this year's mission, there are 500 clinicians, doctors, nurses and nurse practitioners that are giving their time.

"They want to serve people. This is their one opportunity a year to serve the community," said Bennett.

The volunteers for the event are thankful they can give back to the community.

There is a critical need for access to health care in South Carolina and patients said they were grateful for the free service.

"Well I need glasses so I can see," said Ardelia McDaniel. "I can't see that far."

McDaniel added she was happy there were free health services being offered because many people don't have insurance.

In fact, according to statistics, more than 17 percent of South Carolinians do not have health insurance. Research shows the inability to afford health care is rated as the most serious problem faced by South Carolina residents.

Easter Veal, another patient who came in for the free services added, "Coming here today means a lot for me, for the elderly who don't have insurance. It's an opportunity for all people to come out and take advantage of the free services. In the long run it's very helpful."

Apart from the regular physical exam and eye exam, patients can get mammograms and have HIV testing done for free as well.

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