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Roughly 20,000 patients from Muskegon Family Care face uncertainty pending clinic's closure

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Delores Place a long time patient at Muskegon Family Care says she first found out about the clinic closing on Facebook. 

“I called Friday, and they told me all appointments were cancelled and then I hear on the news that they are going to be open again and I tried calling Monday all day and I got nothing…you know I couldn’t get through. I called today because yesterday I couldn’t call because I was gone all day and today I called and got right into a doctor, a doctor I have seen before and now that they are closing I don’t know what I am going to do because I’ve been going here for years.” 

“If this closes…where do you think you will go? I don’t know. I have no idea.”

For the last thirteen years, Nick Gardner has been choosing to receive his health care at the clinic because they offer a sliding pay scale. 

“I gave them money in advance to do a root canal and now I am wondering if I am going to get my money back…I don’t know.” 

March 31st will be the last day Muskegon Family Care will offer services to their patients. Both Hackley Community Care and Healthwest, clinics in the area, have announced they are willing to work with patients affected by the closure. 

Michelle Jokisch Polo WGVU News.