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Schenectady County clinic stays afloat

County legislator Ed Kosiur, D-Schenectady, said with skyrocketing health-care and prescription drug costs it is facilities like the Free Health Clinic that working families need.

Spoylar said the clinic spends about $50,000 on prescriptions per month, so essentially $200,000 should only keep it open for four months. Spoylar said the clinic has applied for some grant money and is still seeking donations from private individuals and businesses.

Spoylar said about 2,600 letters soliciting donations were sent out to individuals within the medical community and businesses within the county on July 5. About $15,000 in donations has come back thanks to those letters, and Spoylar said he expects to receive between $25,000 and $30,000 total.

The Schenectady Free Health Clinic, located at 600 Franklin St., Suite 205, serves local residents with little or no health insurance. Spolyar said it is currently serving 2,500 patients and last year provided $2.2 million in free health care.

The clinic, which opened in 2002, is staffed by 95 volunteers including 30 doctors, 30 nurses, psychologists and two pharmacists, along with receptionists and office personnel

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