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HOUSTON — Houston has the highest percentage of people without health insurance in the country. While some people simply can’t afford it, one local doctor is offering his services, free of charge.

Dr. Aijaz Ali Khowaja founded the Ibn Sina Foundation. It’s a one-stop shop for quality medical care.

First time patient Karen Best never thought she would be in a lobby like this.

“I lost my job a few months ago and I am a cancer survivor, so I need medical care and I’m basically uninsurable,” said Best. “So I don’t have insurance. I’m always looking for some place that it affordable.”

The fifth clinic opened by Ibn Sina on Houston’s southwest side. It’s funded with help from St. Lukes Episcopal Health Charities and the City of Houston.

The community need is so great that the Ibn Sina Foundation expects to serve more than 80,000 visits this year alone, but that doesn’t fully meet the need. That’s why they are building a sixth clinic later this year.

 

New Medical Clinic Offers Affordable Health Care {click to watch video}

Wednesday’s opening of IBN Sina Community Medical Center in Port Arthur is part of a dream turned reality for one doctor, whose passion in life is to help others.

“Our objective is to see everybody and relieve the pain and suffering,”  said Dr. Aijaz Ali Khowaja.

Dr. Khowaja started the IBN Sina Foundation ten years ago when he moved to the United States from Pakistan.

In his home county, he worked in the medical field and saw many people who suffered because they did not have access to basic health care.

He saw a similar need in the US, and wanted to make a difference

“Jefferson County has a high number of uninsured population. There are 10,000 children with no medical insurance. There is something like 27% of the adult population who have no medical insurance, so the need (for healthcare) in Jefferson County is tremendous; therefore, the clinic is really needed,” Dr. Khowaja said.

The IBN Sina Foundation is completely funded by community and private donations. As a result, the clinic offers low cost medical care to those who are uninsured. At most, a person without medical insurance will pay only $25 to see a doctor. It’s a service, the Jefferson County community can benefit from.

“It’s needed. Health care is on the front page of national news and world news so anytime you can provide services that save lives, it’s a blessing,” Comissioner Michael “Shane” Sinegal said.

Dr. Khowaja hopes the clinic will one day expand their services to include dentistry, gynecology, and another office in Beaumont. But for now, he says, there is a lot that can be done.

“I think that it will tremendously affect the lives of the people,” Dr. Khowaja said. “It will tremendously affect and control diseases and improve the quality of life of individuals. So I think it will have a major impact on the lives of the people.”

Through January 31, the clinic will offer free medical visits. Any other time, patients will, again, only be charged $25 per visit. If you can’t afford the $25, you may be eligible to recieve the care at a lower cost than that, or maybe even at no charge to you.

The clinic is open Monday & Wednesday from 3:00pm-7:00pm and Saturday from 9:00am-1:00pm.

It is located at 8599 9th Avenue in Port Arthur.

Childrens Clinic - Now Open - Ibn Sina Clinic

Wilcrest Community Medical Center

11226 S. Wilcrest Dr.
Houston, TX 77099
Phone: 281-977-7462
Fax: 281-977-7472
Clinic Hours:
Mon – Sat 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
(accepts patients till 4 pm)
No appointment needed

Wilcrest Community Dental Center
11226 S. Wilcrest Dr.
Houston, TX 77099

Phone: 281-977-7462
Fax: 281-977-7472
Clinic Hours:
Mon – Fri 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat 8:00 am – 1:00 pm

By appointment Only

Clear Lake Community Medical Center
15132 Old Galveston Rd (Hwy 3)
Houston, TX 77598

Phone: 281-990-7462
Fax: 281-990-7465
Clinic Hours:
Mon – Fri 9:00 am – 5:00 pm (accepts patients till 4 pm)
Sat 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

No appointment needed

Clear Lake Community Dental Center
15132 Old Galveston Rd (Hwy 3)
Houston, TX 77598

Phone: 281-990-7462
Fax: 281-990-7465
Clinic Hours:
Mon – Thu 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Fri Closed
Sat 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

By appointment Only

Wilcrest Children's Clinic
11220 South Wilcrest Dr.
Houston, TX 77099

Phone: 281-495-7462
Fax: 281-495-7464
Clinic Hours:
Mon – Sat 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Call to schedule an appointments and Walk in Welcome.

Beaumont / Port Arthur Community Medical Center:
8599 Ninth Ave
Port Arthur, TX 77642

Phone: 409-724-7462 | 409-724-7463
Fax: 409-724-7464
Clinic Hours:
Mon – Fri 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

No appointment needed

South Post Oak Community Medical Center:
16345 S. Post Oak Road
Houston, TX 77053

Phone: 281-438-7462
Fax: 281-437-1865
Clinic Hours: Mon – Fri 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Call to schedule an appointment - Walk-in Welcome

South Post Oak Community Dental Center:
16345 S. Post Oak Road, Houston, TX 77053
Phone: 281-438-7462
Fax: 281-437-1865
Clinic Hours: Mon – Fri 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Call to schedule an appointments and Walk in Welcome.
Alternate Saturdays 8:00 - 1:00 pm - By appointment only

North Shepherd Community Medical Center
5012 North Shepherd Drive, Houston, TX 77018
Phone: 713-695-7462
Fax: 713-699-3470
Clinic Hours:
Mon – Fri 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

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North Shepherd Dental Clinic
5012 North Shepherd Drive, Houston, TX 77018
Phone: 713-695-7462
Fax: 713-699-3470
Clinic Hours:
Mon & Wed 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Tue & Thurs 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Call to schedule an appointment - Walk-in Welcome

Alternate Saturdays 8:00 am - 1:00 pm - By appointment only.