Free Muslim Clinics For Poor Americans... Giving back to their country and showing the real image of their faith, a group of Muslim doctors are championing an initiative to help poor American patients in the northeastern state of Ohio. "We want to do our best in helping out, especially in these economically challenging times," Pediatrician Malika Haque told the Columbus Dispatch daily on Friday, January 15. Haque is leading a group of 22 Muslim physicians and seven nurses to open a free clinic to provide medical help to uninsured poor Americans. The Noor Community Clinic, set to open Friday, offers free medical check-ups and counseling for people without medical insurance or government help. The new clinic is part of a Muslim initiative in 2008 to open free clinics for helping uninsured Americans. Under the initiative, Muslim clinics were opened in Cincinnati and Dayton. Americans Muslims have launched similar initiative across the country. More than a decade since its establishment, University Muslim Medical Association (UMMA) is now serving about 16,000 US patients of all religious backgrounds. In 1996, a group of US Muslim students, dissatisfied with the lack of Muslim involvement in solving America's social issues, launched the first full-time charitable clinic in the US. The US is the world's richest nation but the only industrialized democracy that does not provide health care coverage to all of its citizens. The US spends more than double what Britain, France and Germany do per person on health care. But it lags behind other countries in life expectancy and infant mortality, according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).