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Medical Mission

Federal Qualification

On October 27, 2020, Dr. William Keh was overwhelmed with excitement and gratitude upon receiving a notice from the federal government. “This was even more joyful than when I was admitted to the Department of Medicine at National Taiwan University [the first choice among Taiwan’s medical schools].

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A Comprehensive Approach

Financial planning is especially important because, according to a Fidelity retiree healthcare cost estimate, a single person aged 65 in 2023 may need approximately $157,500 saved (after tax) to cover their healthcare expenses while in retirement. What’s more, an average retired couple aged 65 as of 2023 may need roughly $315,000 saved to cover their healthcare needs.

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Traditional Chinese & Western Medicine Combined

Tzu Chi Community Clinics offer a unique treatment option among many U.S. clinics: Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). From the beginning of the Tzu Chi Free Clinic’s work in Alhambra, TCM practitioners joined the team. Later, a TCM Community Clinic was set up in South El Monte, and the Community Clinic in Wilmington focuses on providing TCM services as well.

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Wilmington Medical Clinics

In Southern California, near the Port of Los Angeles, there is a community named Wilmington. In addition to the port for oil tankers and oil refinery locations, the area is also commonly known for its factories.

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South El Monte Medical Clinics

On August 3, 2005, the Buddhist Tzu Chi Free Clinic adjusted its name to the Taiwan Buddhist Tzu Chi Medical Foundation, and the Foundation opened a campus in South El Monte, California, where the second community clinic also opened because of a considerable need for care in the local area. In 2008, the community clinic added dental services, and medical volunteer training and community healthcare workshops were also often held.

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Alhambra Medical Clinics

Near the location of the Free Clinic in Alhambra, California, there are many undocumented immigrant families without a home. These neighbors in need who typically don’t have access to health care can turn to the Tzu Chi Free Clinic when they fall ill. One local resident, Linda (a pseudonym), came down with a severe cold but felt self-conscious about her appearance.

Medical Mission

Chapter 2 – The Road to Federal Qualification

Tzu Chi’s medical mission in the United States formed on the principle that Tzu Chi provides medical services to anyone with medical needs, regardless of nationality, ethnicity, religion, gender, or social and economic status. Thirty years later, the number of Americans who have received Tzu Chi’s medical services is ever-increasing, and the number is estimated to grow as Tzu Chi’s work continues across communities.

Tim Change took over as the chairman of Tzu Chi USA Medical Care Foundation on April 27, 2023.
VIP's Remarks

A Medical Mission That Advances With the Times

Today, we’ve come together in celebration of the 30th Anniversary of Tzu Chi’s medical mission in the United States – three decades of unwavering commitment to compassion, service, and healing. I have nothing but gratitude for our founder, Dharma Master Cheng Yen, who once said: “Among the eight sufferings of life, illness is the most painful.”

Debra Boudreaux uses a hand gesture as she speaks about Master Cheng Yen’s guidance that peace and love must combine compassion and wisdom, just like one needs two hands to make the shape of a heart.
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Embarking on a Transformative 30-Year Journey

The inception of the Buddhist Tzu Chi Free Clinic in Alhambra, California, in 1993 marked the commencement of a transformative 30-year journey in the United States. This clinic became more than just a healthcare facility; it served as a cornerstone for personal growth, nurturing a humanitarian spirit that transcended cultural and ethnic boundaries…