Free Medical Clinic Of America
6209 Chapman Hwy, Knoxville, TN 37920
Phone: (865) 579-1515
I appreciate upfront and honest bedside manner from any MD, yet when an MD chooses to show disrespect, be judgemental,condescending, and refuses to allow a patient the time to tell how they are feeling and dismisses them with hurtful, disparaging, remarks is despicable! No healthcare professional has the right to talk to any patient in that way, We know the healthcare system has changed..Ive seen him twice..first time he treated me so kindly..listened and was willing to help, 2nd visit several years later, completely shocked as to how his attitude had changed...saw the frustration in him, heard the judgemental words and remarks, I left feeling worse than I did before I came in...I used to truly appreciate his very kind, patient, gentle nature, his intelligence and direct and honest advice...many of us thought the same. So disappointed with Dr. Kim, his direct and honest advice to me was delivered in a very unethical, immoral way...this can and does cause harm to patient's
I went in to see Dr. Kim yesterday, suffering from a sinus infection. I asked for antibiotics, information on quitting smoking, and a refill on my inhaler (I've had asthma since I was a child.) He told me that he would write me a script for the antibiotics, but that he refused to give me an inhaler since I smoke! He said that the smoking causes my asthma, even though I explained that I've had it since I was a kid. He then proceeded to lecture me on how smoking is going to kill me before age 50, and was incredibly rude to me all around. When I acknowledged that I am trying to quit (as I indicated on my previously filled out paperwork) he called me a liar and continued to berate me. I asked him to reccomend some smoking cessation products, and he told me, "Just quit, just quit!" I assured him that I am trying, but was again called a liar.
This is without a doubt the worst doctor I have ever been to, I left in tears. The worst part is that I came in asking for help in quitting smoking, and he ignored that in favor of telling me off!!!!! I have also read many other reviews that he treats overweight patients very badly too, so if you are a smoker or overweight, don't make the same mistake I did. Go somewhere else, like the TN health department, where they won't discriminate against you like Dr. Kim.
We have been going to Dr. Kim for about two years now. He has always done his best to help us. We get free blood work, and he writes prescriptions, all for FREE! Yes his bedside manner leaves a lot to desire, and he can be brutally honest, but keep in mind that this man is giving freely of his time in an effort to help people who are willing to help themselves. There are a lot of people out there who are trying to get something for nothing or trying to get pain pills. This is not the place for you. look past the abrupt manner and see a man working hard for the community.
04/09/2012Provided by Citysearch -
When you enter the waiting area at Dr Kim's, there are several containers of cigarette butts displayed with a poster of normal and diseased lungs. The volunteers at the front desk are very nice. When called back, the nurse was very nice but she had no idea where anything was. I explained to her that I was having pain in my kidney area, and problems with my bladder. Dr Kim came in and didnt even address my complaint. He went into this speech about how overweight I am. Told me to stay away from french fries. I told him how I've tried to lose weight, and he flat out said that I haven't. I was getting angrier by the second. I had to interrupt him to ask, ""What about my bladder?' He said it was because of my big belly, and I should consider myself blessed that he told me this. WHAT A QUACK!!!! WOULDN'T SEE HIM AGAIN EVEN IF IT WAS A LIFE OR DEATH SITUATION!!!! GOOD THING HE DIDN'T ASK IF I SMOKE.
12/01/2011Provided by Citysearch -
I have visited Dr. Kim.
First - yes, if you smoke, he is going to tell you to stop smoking, he can't do a lot to help you if you are not willing to stop damaging your body.
Second - if you are over weight, begin a weight loss plan and diet immediately.
Dr. Kim's idea on smoking, illegal drugs, over weight, etc. is that YOU have CHOSEN to damage your body, and NO ONE can help you until YOU decide to help yourself and take better care of yourself. I absolutely agree with him.
Third - Dr. Kim is Korean. Many Koreans, Asians, speak very bluntly and clearly to people. They do not do this to be rude, it is their culture and upbringing to be very honest and upfront. If you are overweight and do not take care of yourself, he is going to tell you that. Wouldn't you rather someone be upfront and honest with you, expecting you to take responsiblity for yourself?
For those of you who do not like Dr. Kim, or any other doctor, I agree with you, you should go elsewhere and find a doc you are comfortable with. But you should not disparage the character or professionalism or compassion of a man who spends EVERY DAY in a free clinic, rotating around to clinics in East Tennessee, and spends his own money, trying to help people who want to help themselves but do not have insurance and can't afford to do much to help themselves medically.
Dr. Kim gives of not just his own time, but his own money, to keep these clinics going. The medical malpractice insurance on it's own is outrageous.
Jeez - get a grip, please. If you are disparaging Dr. Kim because you are overweight and smoking and in poor health and you want someone to pat you on the hand, give you drugs to fix the immediate symptom of your life style choice, and make you feel better about your poor choices, then go to a doctor where they will gladly take your $150 for an office visit and write you an Rx.
For those of us who are trying to take good care of ourselves, live healthy life styles, and dont' have insurance or the money to pay for an expensive medical office visit, I would highly recommend you see Dr. Kim. He will gladly help you, he wants to help you, and he understands your plight. He doesn't work in a regular fee- charging office anymore even though he is plenty young enough and sought after to do so - he works in these clinics because he wants to give back to America and wants to help those who are willing to help themselves but do not have the means to do so.
10/25/2011Provided by Citysearch -
In response to Whitela 1's response, I understand your commitment to Dr. Kim and your workplace, but Dr. Kim is clearly not the same man you see as to who we see. My first appointment was yestereday. And He had me bawling my eyes out telling me that there was no reason for me to have even come yesterday because If I had no desire to quit smoking and lose weight, then why try to preserve my life anyways. I explained to him that it is harder to quit then he knew. And I explained many attempts on times i've tried qutting smoking and losing weight. His exact words were these, ""Excuses Excuses. You no come back to my clinic if you still smoke and overweight. I mean it. NO come back if you still do them."" And you know what? I won't ever come back. I do plan on quitting because this walking pneumonia prohibits me from smoking anyways. But I rather pay thousands of dollars in hospital bills then to ever have a so-called-christian make me feel so suicidal as he did to me yesterday. Me and Dr. Kim apparently DO NOT serve the same God. Because My God says to love other. To treat them the way you'd want to be treated. And my God says, ""Ye without sin cast the first stone for all have come short of the glory of God.""
My God may not like that I hurt my body with ciggarettes, but He would never make me cry the way Dr. Kim did.
And the sad thing is, is I read these comments before I went, and was so sick i decieded to go wether they were true or not. And they were every bit true. The volunteers were very very very nice! And I thank them so much for that. But Dr. Kim has much repentance to do. And as much as I will hate the bill, I will go to an ER without insurance before I ever go to Dr. Kim again. And yes, I have read some good comments about Dr. Kim from other patients. But they apparently are nonsmokers and not overweight. Because I am 5""7 250, and a smoker and he was very very very very very very mean. VERY!!! HEED MY WORDS. Think twice before seeing this man who calls himself a christian.
Going there was a waste of time. I filled out paperwork explaining my symptoms and all my other info. When the "doctor" saw me, he asked me about what my symptoms were. He never even looked at my chart! Then, after talking to me for only 10 minutes, he told me I needed to go somewhere else. I read about this guy being a Christian and believing in helping hard working people who can't afford insurance. That's why I chose to go there. It turns out, not so much. Don't waste your time!
04/19/2011Provided by Citysearch -
The volunteers here were extremely nice.
Dr. Kim was very rude. He was condescending and disrespectful. He barely listened to me. I came in complaining of recurring chest pain and arm/shoulder pain. I told him I had heart work and lung x-rays done & everything was normal. He said I should get my heart checked out. He did not want to listen to what I had to say at all.
He didn't give me any useful information...just told me at 147 lbs and 5'6 I am probably overweight and I should do some stretches since I sit at the computer for work. He told me I should wait until I have pain again and only go to the emergency room and not a regular doctor and if this is too expensive, oh well.
I figured someone who would volunteer his time to work in a Christian clinic would be at least a little nice, and not automatically treat the patient like she's stupid. I recommend trying a sliding fee clinic or absolutely any other low-cost clinic you can afford.
08/22/2010Provided by Citysearch -
I am one of the nursing volunteers and have been for the past year. I just want to say, I have never heard Dr. Kim or anyone else at the clinic make remarks that are derogatory about anyone, every!! And as far as referring a patient out for treatment, you have to qualify for those services through a separate organization called KAPA to get specialist care. They have there own list of qualifications that have nothing to do with the clinic. For example: you have to be a Knox county resident and sometimes they don't have specialists to help with all conditions seeing as the services are FREE. And I find it hard to believe that he wouldn't even examine you, if he didn't exam you then how did he say all those things? (supposedly) Now he does tell people how it is concerning weight and smoking, but he does it in a respectful way. And he does occasionally ask people how come you don't have insurance but that question is not meant to be disrespectful it's just to see the need in Knoxville for healthcare. You where not referred to a specialist because you either didn't meet KAPA's qualifications or there wasn't an orthopedic doctor available at that time. And as far as I know The Free Medical Clinic is the only clinic in Knoxville that will see anyone for free with no charge. So, please don't let this person's review change your feelings about Dr. Kim or the clinic.
05/24/2008Provided by Citysearch -
Save your time everyone, go to the TN Health Dept. I went to the Free clinic on Chapman Hwy for a hurt knee and a hernia. I am over weight and Dr Kim was extremely rude and prejudice against overweight people. He was the most rudest man I've ever met in my life. He said my knee/hernia were caused by my weight. (I fell 8 weeks ago which is how I hurt myself which he ignored completely) He wouldn't examine me or help me at all and just kept repeating how big I was and that I needed Health Insurance. I work at a company that doesn't offer Health Insurance and was referred to this place by a Nurse friend of mine. He wouldn't refer to me any doctors that could help me and said ""No surgeon will operate on your big stomach"" there are people on ""Big Medicine"" twice my size that have operations on hernias so that was an untrue and bias statement from him. When I asked if he was done he said YES, GO!! That is how I was 'dismissed."" I couldn't believe the way I was treated and am telling everyone about my experience to save others such rudeness. This man is not a 'christian volunteering his time' he is a rude prejudice man. Go elsewhere everyone.