The Free Health Clinic Nestled Amongst Hilton Head Island’s High-End Resorts | NBC Nightly News


GIVE BACK. NBC’S TAMMY LEITNER EXPLAINS.>>GOOD TO SEE YOU. COME ON IN.>>Reporter: THEY ARE NOT YOUR TYPICAL DOCTORS AND NURSES. MOST OF THEM ARE RETIREES.>>IT GIVES US SOMETHING TO KEEP OUR BRAINS ALIVE, KEEP US READING MEDICINE, KEEPS US INVOLVED IN MEDICAL CARE.>>Reporter: AND NONE OF THEM GET PAID.>>WE’RE CARING FOR SOME OF THE MOST MEDLEY UNDERSERVED PEOPLE IN THE COUNTRY. AND WHEN YOU GO HOME AT NIGHT, YOU REALLY FEEL GOOD ABOUT THAT.>>Reporter: THE FREE CLINIC IS CALLED VOLUNTEERS AND MEDICINE LOCATED ON HILTON HEAD ISLAND. NESTLED AMONG THE HIGH-END RESORTS AND CHAMPIONSHIP GOLF COURSES IS A COMMUNITY OF PEOPLE WITHOUT MEDICAL INSURANCE.>>HOW YOU DOING?>>Reporter: THE CLINIC FOR LOW-INCOME PATIENTS WAS THE BRAIN CHILD OF DR. JACK McCONNELL WHO MOVED HERE TO PLAY GOLF MORE THAN 20 YEARS AGO. BUT HE FOUND RETIREMENT BORING SO HE RECRUITED HIS FELLOW GOLF BUDDIES WHO ALSO HAPPEN TO BE DOCTORS TO HELP HIM AT THE CLINIC. TODAY THERE ARE 222 VOLUNTEER PHYSICIANS AND NURSES.>>JUST WANT TO FEEL YOUR NECK, MAKE SURE IT FEELS OKAY IN THERE.>>Reporter: THEY WORK HERE AS MUCH OR AS LITTLE AS THEY WANT. THE FREE CLINIC FINANCED BY PRIVATE FOUNDATIONS HAS BEEN SO SUCCESSFUL THAT THERE ARE NOW 88 ACROSS THE COUNTRY. HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF PATIENTS HAVE WALKED THROUGH THEIR DOORS. THIS WOMAN COMES TO THE CLINIC EVERY THREE MONTHS AFTER SHE WAS DIAGNOSED WITH CONGESTIVE HEART FAILURE.>>THEY ACTUALLY SAVED MY LIFE.>>Reporter: MANY OF THE PATIENTS WOULD NOT HAVE ANY HEALTH CARE WITHOUT THESE RETIRED DOCTORS. HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN COMING HERE?>>MAYBE LIKE SIX OR SEVEN YEARS.>>Reporter: THERE WILL ALWAYS BE A NEED TO TAKE CARE OF MILLIONS OF PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY WHO WILL NOT HAVE ACCESS TO CARE.>>Reporter: THIS CARE COMING FROM DOCTORS AND NURSES USING

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