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No-Cost Clinic Faces Hard Times, Uncertain Future
California Healthline

Mark Thimmes has been coming to Al Shifa Free Clinic in this small community near San Bernardino for more than a year for treatment of heart disease and diabetes. Unable to afford health insurance after losing his house and business — a transmission shop in Menifee — Thimmes, 57, was referred to the clinic by a doctor who had seen Thimmes after he delayed getting treatment for a heart attack. If the clinic didn’t exist, “I wouldn’t have anywhere to go,” Thimmes said.