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Patient Number One At The Front Door Of Free Healthcare In America

From a distance and through any lens, life at 3 a.m. can get pretty grainy, but it can also be the exact time when human determination comes into sharp focus. It would be all too easy to discount the image above as just another homeless person taking refuge under the safety of outdoor lighting, but this 64-year-old woman wasn’t homeless.
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Dental care pioneer Stan Brock wants to bring mega‑clinics to Britain

Over the past 30 years Stan Brock has set up hundreds of massive temporary clinics across America, bringing dentists and eye doctors to the country’s poorest people.
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Americans flock to free clinics run by retired British cowboy, 81

When the doors opened at 6am at least 300 people were standing in line. A vast convention centre in Baltimore had been transformed into a giant temporary free medical clinic. Word had spread among the city’s working poor.
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Dental care pioneer Stan Brock wants to bring mega‑clinics to Britain

Over the past 30 years Stan Brock has set up hundreds of massive temporary clinics across America, bringing dentists and eye doctors to the country’s poorest people.
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Americans flock to free clinics run by retired British cowboy, 81

When the doors opened at 6am at least 300 people were standing in line. A vast convention centre in Baltimore had been transformed into a giant temporary free medical clinic. Word had spread among the city’s working poor.
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FORMER COWBOY FLYING FREE HEALTH CARE TO THOSE IN NEED

Several decades ago, Stan Brock nearly died when a horse kicked him in the head.
He was in the middle of the Amazon rain forest, not exactly the easiest spot to find a doctor.
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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.
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NO INSURANCE, BUT FOR 3 DAYS, HEALTH CARE IS WITHIN REACH

For a man who needed 18 teeth pulled, Daniel Smith was looking chipper.
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THE TOOTH DIVIDE: BEAUTY, CLASS AND THE STORY OF DENTISTRY

Politicians, journalists and researchers have a long-running problem when it comes to talking about class.
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PATIENTS WITHOUT BORDERS

This woman traveled 75 miles to see a Remote Area Medical dermatologist, who removed two lesions from her back and sent them to a pathology lab.
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A DOCTOR WILL SEE YOU NOW

If you were unaware that there are people in the United States who don’t receive proper health care, “Remote Area Medical,” a documentary about the nonprofit organization of that name, certainly shows you what they look like, in blunt, tooth-decaying detail.
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LINING UP FOR HELP

We’ve been so caught up in dissecting the technical arguments over health care reform that it is easy to lose sight of the human dimensions of the crisis.
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THOUSANDS LINE UP FOR PROMISE OF FREE HEALTH CARE

They came for new teeth mostly, but also for blood pressure checks, mammograms, immunizations and acupuncture for pain.
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RURAL APPALACHIA IS FACING A HEALTHCARE CRISIS. I FEAR IT’S GOING TO GET MUCH WORSE

My family lives in central Appalachia, in places too tiny to be called towns. These rural “hollers” are the heart of this beautiful but hardscrabble mountain region.
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THE ENORMOUS POP-UP CLINIC TRYING TO BRIDGE AMERICA’S HEALTH DIVIDE

Nearly 33 million Americans – more than 10% of the country’s population – have no health insurance. While the very poorest are entitled to Medicaid coverage, millions more narrowly fail to qualify, but remain too poor to pay for private health insurance.
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FREE HEALTHCARE CLINIC IN INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA

For one week this month, US nonprofit Remote Area Medical has organised a large-scale temporary health clinic near Los Angeles. Hundreds of uninsured Americans are arriving for health screenings.
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THOUSANDS FLOCK TO FREE MEDICAL CLINIC, AS WASHINGTON DITHERS ON HEALTH CARE

The sick and the disabled pour out of these mountains every summer for their one shot at free health care, but this year was supposed to hold hope for a better solution.
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AMERICA DISCOVERS WHAT THE COAL COMPANIES LEFT BEHIND IN APPALACHIAN VIRGINIA

It used to be that the news media rediscovered the poor Appalachian coalfields of Southwest Virginia only about once a year in June or July when a thousand or two thousand people would line up for free health care offered by the worthy Remote Area Medical organization in towns such as Wise.
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THE WISE, VA., DENTAL CLINIC ILLUSTRATES THE TRAVESTY OF HEALTH CARE DENIED

The July 25 Metro article “Giving more smiles to more folks” was uplifting, but it brought to light a travesty.
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THE HEALING FIELDS

Hundreds of uninsured and underinsured Americans flock to Wise County, Va., every year to seek treatment at a makeshift field hospital operated by the Remote Area Medical Volunteer Corps.
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RETURN OF RAM: ANOTHER YEAR WITHOUT HEALTH CARE FOR VIRGINIANS

On a muggy summer day last year, I drove up the winding roads of Coeburn Mountain (sometimes called Wise Mountain, depending on which of those towns you call home).
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HIDDEN HURT: DESPERATE FOR MEDICAL CARE….

Pain hides in these green mountains. Diseased hearts and clouded lungs, aching teeth and anxious minds.
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CONGRESS NEEDS TO WAKE UP ON HEALTHCARE

Every time I tune-in to the “debate” on health care, it amazes me how utterly asleep Congress and the media are with respect to this issue.
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AN ILLUMINATING EXPEDITION TO THE WORLD OF THE UNINSURED

As Congressional Republicans seek ways to starve the new health care reform law of necessary funding — and Democrats try to keep that from happening — it’s easy to lose sight of the reasons why reform was pursued in the first place.
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DOCTORS TREATING SICK IN AFRICA NOW AID U.S. UNINSURED

I wish every candidate for public office would be required to spend an hour or two volunteering at one of the free clinics operated throughout the country by a nonprofit organization, Remote Area Medical.
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‘I WISH I COULD GET PRESIDENT TRUMP TO SEE THIS’: FAIRGROUND BECOMES A MAKESHIFT HOSPITAL ‘LIKE YOU’D EXPECT TO SEE IN SUDAN’ TO DEAL WITH THE US HEALTH CARE CRISIS AS OFFICIALS GRUMBLE OVER OBAMACARE

President Trump has been urged to visit a country fairground in Virginia which has become a makeshift hospital to deal with the US health care crisis.
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MEDICAL CHARITY HELPING US POOR

He started a charity – Remote Area Medical (RAM) – more than 20 years ago to bring relief to those cut off from healthcare.
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IN VIRGINIA, CHARITY OFFERS HEALTH CARE TO NEEDY

In Wise, a town in rural western Virginia, hundreds of people have lined up at the county fairgrounds for a numbered ticket, some of them 24 hours ahead of time.
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FREE MEDICAL CLINIC SERVES THOUSANDS OF AMERICANS

It’s 5 a.m. on a Friday. Nearly 1,500 people have been lining up for the past 24 hours in the parking lot of the Wise County fairgrounds in southwest Virginia. But they aren’t here for a summer-time fair.
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MOBILE CLINIC HELPS MOUNTAIN COMMUNITY

“We’re their health source,” said Ron Brewer, who coordinates the Remote Area Medical Volunteer Corps mobile clinic program for rural Tennessee. “They depend on us as their visit to the doctor.”
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REMOTE AREA MEDICAL DEPICTS WHERE OBAMACARE FALLS SHORT

Stan Brock, founder of Remote Area Medical, and Farihah Zamar, co-director and co-producer of “Remote Area Medical,” a new documentary film about the group’s work, discuss their efforts to help people who don’t have health insurance.
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REMOTE AREA MEDICAL OFFERS FREE WEEKEND MEDICAL CLINIC

Remote Area Medical will host a free clinic for East Tennesseans who are unable to visit a doctor for lack of insurance or cost-prohibitive deductibles.
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POP-UP HEALTH CLINICS FILL A VOID IN CARE

Nonprofits use volunteers to allow patients to see a doctor or dentist—even if it’s only for a day.
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HEALTHCARE IN APPALACHIA

People needing dental and vision care arrive at the Remote Area Medical (RAM) clinic in Wise, Virginia July 20, 2012.
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THOUSANDS LINE UP FOR PROMISE OF FREE HEALTH CARE

They came for new teeth mostly, but also for blood pressure checks, mammograms, immunizations and acupuncture for pain.
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AS CONGRESS FIGHTS, THOUSANDS CAMP OUT FOR FREE HEALTH CARE

In the wee hours of July 21, the parking lot of a county fairground in Wise, Va., was packed with families sleeping in their cars or in makeshift beds tucked between vehicles.
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HELPING TO HEAL

The clinic this year was organized at the county fairgrounds in Wise, Virginia. Technicians converted buildings normally used to house livestock into impromptu examination rooms.
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PANORAMA: REMOTE AREA MEDICAL CLINIC IN LOS ANGELES

Patients receive free dental treatment Tuesday at the Los Angeles Sports Arena, the first day of a free mobile health clinic.
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REMOTE AREA MEDICAL PROVIDES FREE HEALTHCARE SERVICES

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REMOTE AREA MEDICAL EXPEDITION

Dozens of volunteer dentists work on participants in the Remote Area Medical expedition at the Forum in Inglewood on Tuesday.
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REMOTE AREA MEDICAL HEALTH FAIR

Jessie Barbour, left, and a tearful Kimberly Anne Hall hug after getting free medical and dental help on the eighth and final day of the Remote Area Medical health fair and clinic at the Forum in Inglewood on Tuesday.
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DATELINE: RESCUE IN THE MOUNTAINS

Stan Brock and his Remote Area Medical team (RAM) devise a plan to save Medor, an isolated mountain village in Haiti, from the sickness and cholera that ravages its people. Ann Curry reports.
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LIFE IN THE SICKEST TOWN IN AMERICA

Donald Rose has no teeth, but that’s not his biggest problem. A camouflage hat droops over his ancient, wire-framed glasses. He’s only 43, but he looks much older.
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FREE CLINIC OFFERS MEDICAL SERVICES TO THE UNINSURED

Teresa Parton and her niece Samantha wait in line to attend the Remote Area Medical free clinic at the Bristol Motor Speedway, located in the Appalachian mountains, in Bristol, Tenn. The Parton family does not have health insurance and attends the RAM clinics every year.
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60 MINUTES: US HEALTHCARE GETS BOOST FROM CHARITY

One of the decisive issues in the presidential campaign is likely to be health care. Some 47 million Americans have no health insurance, and that’s just the start: millions more are underinsured, unable to pay their deductibles or get access to dental care.
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NIGHTLINE: REMOTE AREA MEDICAL: SERVING THE UNDERSERVED

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MOBILE FREE CLINIC BRINGS HEALTH CARE TO US’S MOST UNDERSERVED AREAS

It’s 5:30 a.m. on a summer morning, and in the pre-dawn darkness a man, carved walking stick in hand, knapsack on his back, arrives at the Wise County, Va., fairgrounds. Robert Ellis has walked 15 miles, through the night, to get here. But he isn’t here for a summertime fair.
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REMOTE AREA MEDICAL IN ACTION

Remote Area Medical is a mobile clinic that travels across the country to bring free dental, eye and medical care to the most remote and underserved communities in the United States.
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FREE HEALTH CLINIC IN APPALACHIA

Around two thousand uninsured and under-insured are expected to receive free medical, dental, vision and pulmonary treatments provided by volunteer doctors, dentists, optometrists, nurses and support staff during the three day clinic in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, one of the poorest regions in the country.
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FREE MEDICAL CLINICS IN OAKLAND, SACRAMENTO

A volunteer medical corps of doctors and nurses that provided free health care for about 7,000 patients last year in Oakland and Sacramento is back this week with plans to help even more people.
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FREE HEALTH CLINIC AIDS HUNDREDS IN NEED

By the time the free health clinic at the Oakland Coliseum opened Saturday at dawn, some 800 tickets had been handed out to people who waited in the cold all night for the chance to have a tooth extracted, get new glasses or to finally get prescription medications for arthritis or other painful conditions.
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‘REMOTE AREA MEDICAL’ SHOWS WHAT AMERICA’S UNINSURED GO THROUGH FOR HEALTH CARE

Imagine if your only option to get health care meant sleeping overnight in your car in a parking lot for a chance to be seen at a free, pop-up clinic the next morning.
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WHEN A FREE YEARLY CLINIC IS YOUR ONLY HEALTH CARE

Sheila Fowler is 43. She has short brown hair, a soft, girlish voice and three grandchildren. What she does not have is teeth, or a way to pay for dentures.
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CREATING A VOLUNTEER CORPS FOR AMERICA

Wise County, Va., may be one of the most picturesque places in America. Nestled in the Appalachian Mountains, it is home to more than 40,000 people, who make their homes in towns with names such as Big Stone Gap, Toms Creek, Crab Orchard, and Cranes Nest.
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DELIVERING HEALTH CARE TO THE UNINSURED FOR $15 A POP

What happens when you break a leg and you live hundreds of miles from the nearest hospital?
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RURAL MEDICAL CAMP TACKLES HEALTH CARE GAPS

It was a Third World scene with an American setting. Hundreds of tired and desperate people crowded around an aid worker with a bullhorn, straining to hear the instructions and worried they might be left out.
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MASS MEDICAL CLINIC’S SOBERING MESSAGE

I write and talk for a living. And I’ve pontificated endlessly about exploding volcanoes, mass shootings and disastrous storms. But some of what I saw at the county fairgrounds in Wise, Va., last month left me wordless.
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CARE TO UNINSURED IN RURAL VIRGINIA

A tent at a sweltering county fairgrounds in rural Virginia, not exactly the place you’d expect to get state-of-the-art dental care.
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GAPING, PAINFUL HOLES REMAIN IN U.S. HEALTH CARE DESPITE COVERAGE GAINS

The fate of the Affordable Care Act is at stake in Tuesday’s election. More than 20 million people have gained coverage through the health insurance reform law.
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BILL MOYERS JOURNAL: REMOTE AREA MEDICAL

In his interview with Bill Moyers, Wendell Potter told the story of his trip in 2007 to visit a “medical expedition” in Wise, Virginia run by the non-profit Remote Area Medical (RAM).
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REMOTE AREA MEDICAL FILM REVIEW

This deeply compassionate, quietly furious documentary by Jeff Reichert and Farihah Zaman highlights, in dramatic detail, the woeful lack of medical care available to residents of one Appalachian community—and, by extension, to many Americans.
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REMOTE AREA MEDICAL SENDS RELIEF TO HURRICANE-HIT HAITI

Remote Area Medical founder Stan Brock has been coming to Haiti since the 1970s.
But the post-Hurricane Matthew landscape is devastation even beyond what he’s seen before in the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere.
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MEDICAL GROUP TO HOST 2-DAYS OF FREE DENTAL, MEDICAL CARE

Thousands are expected to get medical, dental and optical treatment during a free clinic in Bradenton. More than 700 volunteers have spent a year coordinating the Remote Area Medical event which will be held at the Manatee Technical College Campus on Nov. 21 and 22.
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STAN BROCK: THE BRITISH COWBOY TURNED MOVIE STAR WHO RESCUED MILLIONS OF UNINSURED AMERICANS

Stan Brock is nudging 80. His arms, hard as oak boughs, hint at the black belt he holds in taekwondo.
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THE BRUTAL TRUTH ABOUT AMERICA’S HEALTHCARE

They came in their thousands, queuing through the night to secure one of the coveted wristbands offering entry into a strange parallel universe where medical care is a free and basic right and not an expensive luxury.
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‘DONALD TRUMP NEEDS TO SEE THIS’ – PATIENTS TREATED IN ANIMAL STALLS AS WASHINGTON BICKERS OVER OBAMACARE

As Republican politicians in Washington bickered over the fate of Obamacare this week hundreds of desperate people queued outside a county fairground 400 miles away in the hope of receiving basic medical treatment.
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BRITON PROVIDING FREE HEALTHCARE TO THOUSANDS OF AMERICANS

Just as the American Right is attacking British health care, Mr. Brock, originally from Preston, Lancs, has set up his mobile clinic in the city for the first time after spending almost 25 years taking volunteer doctors and dentists to care for the poor in Third World countries.
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US HEALTHCARE: PROFITS BEFORE PATIENTS

When Stan Brock started Remote Area Medical (RAM) in 1985, never in his wildest dreams did he think his services would be needed in the United States, the wealthiest country in the world.
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REVIEW: ‘REMOTE AREA MEDICAL’ WILL CHANGE YOUR UNDERSTANDING OF THE HEALTHCARE CRISIS

Almost heaven, Bristol, Tennessee. The nation’s official “Birthplace of Country Music” boasts the kind of breathtaking natural beauty that might inspire a John Denver song. But the pristine state of its mighty river and Appalachian mountain vistas stand in stark contrast to the degenerative physical state of most of its inhabitants.
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THIRD WORLD HEALTH CARE – KNOXVILLE, TENNESSEE EDITION

Aasif Mandvi highlights the quality of the best health care system in the world by visiting a clinic in Knoxville, Tennessee.
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