It’s a known fact that having regular medical care available for preventative medicine is much better than waiting for an emergency and having to rush to the emergency room.  But what if you’re not insured or are under-insured, how do you have access to this preventative medicine?

One way is through The Knox County Health Clinic. It’s at 22 White Street in Rockland, behind the Rockland Public Library. It offers free or low-cost medical, dental, mental health and prescription assistance services to the uninsured, the under-insured, and those who cannot afford to pay for basic health care.

Paul Klainer and Meredith Batley

Paul Klainer and Meredith Batley

The clinic is truly amazing.  Care is provided by volunteer physicians, dentists, nurses, social workers and other personnel. The clinic operates without the assistance of federal or state grants and receives no payments from insurance companies. Funding comes from individuals in the community.

The clinic integrates medical, dental and behavioral heath and wellness services. It is a primary care practice and not a walk-in clinic. This allows staff to focus on disease prevention and management, thus helping to avoid expensive emergency department visits, while keeping community members working.

Dr. Paul Klainer founded The Knox County Health Clinic in 1999. Dr. Klainer serves as the clinic’s medical director. He also serves as chairman for Midcoast Health Net that operates the clinic. Klainer moved to Rockland in 1999 from Massachusetts. He worked as a board certified physician in internal medicine and was board certified in emergency medicine as well. He worked in the UMAS Medical Center and the Milford Regional Medical Center.

Our guests on the Monday, January 18, 2016 The Chris Wolf Show will be Dr. Paul Klainer, founder of the clinic, and Meredith Bately, the clinic director.  This show should be interesting to those that need such services as the clinic provides and can’t afford them.  Or, for those who are fortunate enough to have their own insurance coverage, perhaps you might want to find out how you can help your neighbors in need and this great part of our community.

If you have any questions or comments on the day of broadcast, call between 8 and 9 a.m., 207-594-0013, or email Chris Wolf before or during the show at TheChrisWolfShow@gmail.com.  If you request it during the call or on the email, you don’t have to be on the air and your name will not be used.

The show will be broadcast on WRFR Community Radio, Channel 7 Time Warner Maine Coast TV, and streamed live on www.mainecoast.tv/streaming, 8:00-9:00 a.m. EST.

VIDEO: To watch the show live, go to www.MaineCoast.tv/streaming or watch later on Channel 7. Maine Coast TV is located on Time Warner Channel 7 on converter boxes and set top boxes and on Channel 121-7 on digital TVs without set top boxes. The broadcast is available to all Time Warner subscribers in Knox County, Maine, including the islands of North Haven and Vinalhaven. And the recorded show will be available afterwards on www.MaineCoast.tv web site.

AUDIO: To listen to the show, WRFR 99.3 FM Camden or 93.3 FM Rockland, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday shows with news from PenBayPilot.com. Or, stream the audio live WRFR.org or TuneIn.com at http://tunein.com/radio/Radio-Free-Rockland-933-s14055/ or on the TuneIn app or your iPhone or Android.

The Chris Wolf Show is a joint project of PenBay Pilot, WRFR FM Community Radio and Maine Coast TV Community Television.