Hundreds visit free health care clinic

By Kenny Choi
Published On: Jun 04 2013 07:52:00 PM HST

Hundreds of military residents took advantage of free health care on Maui.

HONOLULU -

Free healthcare brought hundreds of residents out to clinics across the neighbor islands. 

More than 500 people lined up for Tropic Care Maui County to get their eyes checked, teeth cleaned, and other basic health care needs.

"It's really popular for people who need it.  We're here to give free health care, said Lindsey West.

Four-hundred medical doctors, nurses,  and dentists from the Armed Forces banded together for the 9-day clinic that accepts patients with or without health insurance.  

Residents or even those visiting from out of the country can stop by and no identification is required.

"For the service to come in and help is really tremendous and I'm very appreciative of it myself," said Tim Arndt.

 "For a lot of people, this is only way to get serviced at all," said Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa.

The clinics will visit Wailuku, Hana, Kihei, Lahaina, Lanai, and Molokai. 

"It's really nice to see smiling faces from people who are appreciative of our help and it feels good to provide that to them who might not have other options," said West. 

"Everyone I talked to and helped me was very polite and very caring," said Arndt. 

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