Health care clinic will open in D'Iberville

By Jessica Bowman – email

D'IBERVILLE, MS (WLOX) - A federal judge ruled that part of President Obama's health care reform bill was unconstitutional. The requirement that people buy health insurance is the portion that the court had an issue with. Doctor Persharon Dixon from Biloxi supports the health care bill. Dr. Dixon said Sunday a new health care facility is opening up in D'Iberville. She said the battle to try and get health care for every individual is important and local clinics are the proof that it is needed.

Coastal Family Health Center is expanding. The facility on Big Ridge Road will soon open its doors to people in need.

"We need it here because we know we have families that can't afford the types of care that are very costly for some. And the community health center allows families to be able to access care, quality care, regardless of their ability to pay," said Dr. Persharon Dixon.

Medical Director for Coast Family Health Center Doctor Persharon Dixon said she is finding the same problem across the country, everyone needing access to affordable health care.

"Our clinic is based on your pay. So, we do a sliding scale for our families, but we take all kinds of insurance from federal insurance to private insurance. So we cover the gamut," said Dixon.

Dixon said federally qualified health centers, such as the one that will open in D'Iberville, give access to specialty care. She said there are not many medical centers near the D'Iberville area that can provide preventative care for both adults and children.

Dixon said, "We have another clinic in the area which is the Bethesda clinic, which is a free clinic. And the fact that we even need a free clinic over emphasizes the need for health reform and for us to continue the battle of getting care for everyone."

Dr. Dixon said it's important that everyone know that there is available care in their community. She said they hope to open the new facility January 12, 2011.

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