By Stephanie Diffin
ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - As "Obamacare" remains a hot topic in Congress and across the healthcare market, a new, free clinic is opening in north St. Louis. And the people behind it say they don't see the need diminishing anytime soon.
St. Louis University dedicated the clinic Monday afternoon. The dedication comes just as the Affordable Healthcare Act takes affect, and millions of uninsured Americans are enrolling for health insurance. But, SLU says it still foresees the need for a free clinic.
The university's School of Medicine has been offering the service for 20 years. Today, the school dedicated a brand new facility on north Kingshighway. The new space is twice as big as its previous location. Students run the clinic, and offer medical care to people who may not have any other options.
The demand has been steadily growing over the past 20 years. And even with the passage of "Obamacare," the university doesn't expect that need to go away.
"We don't believe it's going to go away in the short term. We like this to be a convenient clinic for people. It's going to be free healthcare. And even in the best of Obamacare there will be no free healthcare," said SLU School of Medicine Dean Dr. Philip Alderson.