Al-Shifa Clinic offers free preventative education and medical care for immigrants and indigent residents of the Dallas Forth Worth area.
In this country, 47 million Americans do not have health insurance. Twenty-five percent of Texas residents are neither covered under any insurance plan nor eligible for public medical services. Ninety-seven thousand illegal immigrants reside in Tarrant County, which includes Fort Worth and Arlington, and do not have insurance coverage. Unfortunately, people without health insurance are sicker and die at a relatively younger age. Due to lack of insurance, they delay physician visits and do not receive medical care for common medical problems such as hypertension and diabetes until they develop full blown symptoms or complications. In lieu of these circumstances the Al-Shifa Clinic was opened in October 1998. The clinic is a private not-for-profit agency providing culturally appropriate primary care to medically underserved populations. Indigent patients and visitors from overseas without insurance coverage also come to the clinic. The weekly clinic provides services for general medical problems such as diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol and minor infections. If these problems are not treated at an early stage, they may lead to more serious problems such as heart disease, stroke, or kidney failure, which can result in more serious consequences for the patients and their families. All surgical and complicated medical cases are referred to public hospitals in this area. Fifteen area physicians come on rotation on Saturdays and donate their time. In addition to free consultation, generic or free medications (donated samples) are also prescribed or dispensed. In 2002, discounted rates were negotiated for lab work, and now laboratory services are also provided. Most of the physicians at the MCCHS clinic are internists and primary care physicians. Some area specialists see patients for free consultation in their own offices when referred by Al-Shifa. Students from local medical school also help at the clinic, getting credit for their work. Foreign medical graduates applying for residency program also attend the clinic as “observers” and work under supervision of the attending physicians.
M. Basheer Ahmed M.D., Arlington Texas
Afia Mumtaz M.D. Fort Worth Texas
Tasleema Sattar M.D. Fort Worth Texas
Aslam Malik M.D. Fort Worth Texas
Iqbal Ahmed M.D. South Lake Texas
Yama Amin M.D. Southlake Texas
Khawaja Anwar M.D. Gainesville Texas
Daud Ashai M.D. Fort Worth Texas
Hamid Burney M.D. Arlington Texas
Sobia Ghazali M.D. Fort Worth Texas
Riaz Haider M.D. Arlington Texas
Ladi Haroona M.D. Arlington Texas
Siraj Hussain M.D. Colleyville Texas
Jalil Khan M.D. Plano Texas
Wasiq Zaidi MD Medical Director- Al Shifa clinic
Dr. Zaidi is a board certified psychiatrist and has worked in Oklahoma prior to moving to Texas and starting his practice in 2007. He is currently serving as a medical director of psychiatric intensive care unit at Millwood Hospital, Arlington, TX. As a chairman of clinical care committee, he will be supervising all clinical services at MCC. MCC sincerely appreciates his commitment and support.