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Free Women's Health Day: Why you might need it more than you think

The Texas Tech Medical School is a part of a growing trend across the country to create health clinics run by medical students to reach the under-served who need care.

That free clinic in Lubbock opens its doors every Wednesday night at the corner of 34th and Boston in what is now called Lubbock Impact.

 Dr. Fiona Prabhu, a Texas Tech physician, says they've seen more than 2,000 patients since the program started in 2008, patients who cannot get health care insurance.

"So, either they have not ever qualified or they've just started a new job and some of those jobs take 90 to even 180 days to be eligible for any kind of insurance. Meanwhile people have hypertension. They have diabetes. They have chronic diseases they are not able to take care of. So our job is to try to bridge them until they can get that health care insurance," says Dr. Prabhu.

Aside from the Wednesday night clinic, the medical students offer a free women's health clinic twice a year. That's when they provide more detailed services like mammograms, pap smears, STD screenings, pregnancy testing and much more.

 That is coming up on October 26th. But, you need to get your reservation in for this one since it is limited.

Call 337-2098. And if you don't have transportation, that can be arranged too. Just let them know when you sign up.

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