While Austin has a number of sliding scale clinics that treat the uninsured and under-insured, there is nothing in this town like El Bari in San Antonio.
As reported April 2 in the San Antonio Express-News, El Bari, which has been open for four years, is San Antonio’s only clinic dispensing medical care gratis to anyone without insurance.
The all-volunteer staff is made up of practicing physicians or medical students who are all Muslim.
El Bari, which is a nonprofit and does not receive money from the government, operates out of a building owned by the Muslim Children Education and Civic Center next door.
The clinic, which was founded by Dr. Suhaib Haq and his wife, Dr. Sarah Samreen, is open Fridays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
“Apart from my relationship with god, this is the most important thing in my life,” Samreen told the Express-News, “The way I eat to feed my body, working here feeds my soul.”
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Haq said the clinic’s patients comprise the working poor who don’t get benefits, non-citizens, students and visitors to San Antonio.