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For NJ municipal health clinics and screenings, doctors volunteer

Bergen County Record, July 22, 2010

Although Obama has signed the health care bill, it will be years before there’s universal healthcare. With the high unemployment rate and even higher co-pays if you are employed, many are turning to their local boards of health for free healthcare screenings. Municipal health departments in South Bergen put on a variety of programs for residents, ranging from screenings for diseases to lectures about staying healthy. Regina Guillen, the health administrator of North Arlington, said most doctors who perform screenings donate their time and volunteer to run clinics. Programs such as blood pressure, prostate and skin cancer and cholesterol testing, as well as lectures and educational programs, are often put on by doctors or other health care professionals who volunteer. "They do community service," Guillen said. "Some of your newer doctors do community service to introduce themselves to the community."