The New York Times Magazine published a moving pictorial with an accompanying short article depicting one response to the lack of health care access in our country. In Wise County, Virginia a group called RAM, Remote Area Medical, set up a three day medical camp – following the District Fair in July – under tents and in animal stalls to provide free health care. In the past RAM has established similar camps in developing countries. The response to what the on-line slide show called, “Third World Clinic, First World Country” is overwhelming. Over three days 2,500 people were treated with several hundred people still waiting to be seen when the camp closed shop. The health care problems in the U.S. are probably no worse than in some of the rural areas where poverty is rampant and access to medical professionals is limited.
Please take a look at this article and the accompanying pictures. They are strikingly sad.