Free Clinic Shines Light On Reality Of Health Care In America
More than a thousand patients flocked to the Remote Area Medical clinic in Virginia over the weekend.
The New York Times:
When Health Law Isn’t Enough, The Desperate Line Up At Tents
Anthony Marino, 54, reached into his car trunk to show a pair of needle-nosed pliers like the ones he used to yank out a rotting tooth. Shirley Akers, 58, clutched a list of 20 medications she takes, before settling down to a sleepless night in the cab of a pickup truck. Robin Neal, 40, tried to inject herself with a used-up insulin pen, but it broke, and her blood sugar began to skyrocket. (Gabriel, 7/23)
The Washington Post:
To Get Treatment At A Free Clinic, The Crowds Come Early — Sometimes The Night Before
Parked at the edge of the field, they covered the windows so the little girls could sleep inside the car. The grown-ups slept on blankets outside on the grass. Before 5 a.m. Saturday, the family joined the sleepy crowds drifting toward the fence of the Wise County fairgrounds. Soon day two of the Remote Area Medical clinic would begin letting people in. Some had camped overnight, others were just arriving in the dark. The day before, more than 1,250 people from all over Appalachia showed up for free medical, dental and vision care. (Schneider, 7/22)