From The Houston Chronicle
By LORA HINES, Houston Chronicle | September 13, 2014
Photo Houston Chronicle, Cody Duty/Staff
Some with Health Insurance Still Prefer Charity Care
The Texas Medical Center, where more than two dozen hospitals and academic institutions provide world-class care and conduct groundbreaking research, shimmers like a desert mirage for the estimated 1 million uninsured residents in the area who cannot afford to go there for treatment. The same is true even for some recently insured people like Emily Martinez, a Montessori school teacher who visits St. Mary’s Clinic seven miles away, in Houston’s Third Ward, for quarterly diabetes checkups at a flat rate of $35.