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article imageRemote Area Medical Set Up Shop in Wise, Virginia

By KJ Mullins     Jul 29, 2009 in Health
A coal mining town in Virginia saw hundreds appear searching for medical care that they could afford. The Remote Area Medical team had set up shop in Wise, Virginia for those sleeping in their car on the grass parking lot at Wise's fairgrounds.
About 1,700 heath care professionals set up their stations to treat the uninsured people who were in need of medical care.
Remote Area Medical (RAM) was established in 1985 by Stan Brock, a British expatriate who wanted to help those who were too poor or lived in areas too remote to get proper medical treatment. The service is free for those who come.
Some had medical coverage but that coverage did not include dental at the Wise fairgrounds.
Detroit, Michaigan's Paul Cook is in that group. The 54-year-old mortican drove to the Virginia town in order to get his teeth fixed.
More than 26,000 medical professions have helped out in the past. The RAM health fair highlights the need in the United States to reform health care.
AFP reports:
"Universal health care is probably the most important step the administration has ever tried to take," Daniel Moore, 38, said.
"Canadians have had universal health care for years. It doesn't always work the way it's supposed to but at least you have your basic medical necessities.
"And insulin is a necessity," he added, thinking of his diabetic son, who has been admitted to intensive care twice in recent months because his insulin supply is so erratic. His health insurance was cut off when he reached age 19.
The next scheduled health care will be from August 11 until August 18 in Los Angeles, California at The Forum in Inglewood. The clinics will open each day at 5:30 a.m.
Donations to support the work of RAM volunteers can be mailed to:
Remote Area Medical Foundation
1834 Beech Street
Knoxville, TN 37920
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