Thursday, December 22, 2005

Lakewood getting clinic

Ocean County Observer

After landing a highly sought after federal designation, $3 million in state funds and $500,000 from county government, work will start next year on a 12,000-square-foot dental and medical clinic to provide services to the poor and underserved in Ocean County.
Sen. Robert Singer, R-30th, said the clinic will "take all comers," but the emphasis at the dental clinic will be children and the elderly who have no dental insurance.
He has been pressing for years to get better dental services for children in the county, hoping to convince the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey to operate a clinic in the county.
That could still happen, Singer said. UMDNJ could be tapped to run the proposed clinic, or local dentists could do the job.
The decision will be made on the basis of competitive proposals with the nod going to the one that makes the most economic sense, he said....
posted by Yeshiva Orthodoxy
at 3:09 PM

11 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just another attraction for low income people to move to Lakewood. This kind of stuff costs more than stdiums.

5:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is that the JAMESWAY/BMG project?

I don't think they would allow competition, after all HaLBERSTAM /AK need parnosah.

6:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Um, hello. The priamry benefactors of this clinic are going to be the low income people wha already live here -- the vast majority of which are frum yidden.

7:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The vast majority my foot. There are plenty of Mexicans here, and there will be many more if we offer such free services.

3:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Mexicans pay no taxes, but their kids use the schools, and they use township services, all at great expense to the taxpayers.

3:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Mexicans arent here because of free serivices -- they can get those anywhere. They're here because certain elements give them where to leve (at the expense of the frum community). They're also here becausr the developers give them work (as do many of your wives).

11:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm the guy who wrote the initial comment above.

I don't think you can simplistically say the Mexican are here for any one factor. When people consider where to live they consider a variety of factors. There are millions of Mexicans in Mexico and a recent survey showed that a substantial percentage - perhaps even a majority - are thinking of moving to the US. If you are in Mexico and thinking of where to move to, you find out about the place you are going to from people that are already there. The better overall living conditions are, the more likely you are to move there, as compared to someplace else, or staying at home. In sum, the better you make living conditions for Mexicans (or other people of any type) the more will come. This would seem to be beyond obvious, but apparently it isn't, so I point it out.

Of course work is a factor. (That's another reason why massive stadium-centered developments are a terrible idea that will have negative long-term consequences.) But a lot of things add to the problem and clinics are one of them.

I also disagree with the third comment to this thread. A lot of frum Yidden are low-income, but they are very careful about health care, and don't tend to patronize clinics. There is already a clinic in the old library on second & Monmouth, and you won't see too many Yidden there, if any.

12:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know of frum yidden who use that clinic as well as the vaccination clinic in Brick. I've used both myself as have member of my extended family. I also know many who won't go to that clinic because of the neighborhood, but would happily go to a clinic at the new site. Obviously, the second site's primary (albeit unstated focus) will be for yidden, much like the second HUD office.

2:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"I also know many who won't go to that clinic because of the neighborhood,"

What's wrong with the neighborhood?

11:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have you ever been there at 7:30 AM? The street is absolutely crowded with migrant workers waiting for work. Since the clinic is first come first served and takes only a certain number of dental appointments each day, you have to get there before they open and stand outside until they unlock the doors. It's not exactly a comfortable place for a frum woman to be.

1:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was never there that early. I thought you meant that it was generally a bad neighborhood.

2:19 AM  

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