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The clinic, which offers free eye, dental and medical care, asks patients to stay hydrated.
Friday, July 19, 2013
The estimated 3,000 patients from four states expected to go through the gates at the Wise County Fairgrounds this weekend for the 14th annual Remote Area Medical event are being warned to be prepared for long lines and hot weather.
"We can't emphasize enough for people coming to be hydrated and bring plenty of sunscreen because of the wait times we might experience," said Teresa Gardner, executive director of the Health Wagon and one of the organizers.
Temperatures are expected to top out in the upper to mid-80s with plenty of sun, according to the forecast from the National Weather Service.
Free box lunches and water will be provided.
The clinic kicks off at 6 a.m. Friday and runs through Sunday. A majority of those seeking free eye, dental and medical care will be among Virginia's uninsured, which now number more than 1 million, according to recent statistics.
For the eight counties and two cities that make up far Southwest Virginia, the average rate of those without health insurance is 19 percent, according to the 2010 census. Russell, Tazewell and Washington counties have the highest rates of uninsured.
Gardner said earlier that patient loads at the Dickenson and Wise County clinics by the Health Wagon have increased in recent weeks following layoffs at local coal mines, and she expects those crowds to carry over to the RAM event.
"These are hardworking individuals who have fallen on hard times, and we hope that they will be able to get the medical help they need with this event. Health care is reaching astronomical costs right now, so this will be a great opportunity for individuals to get quality care at no charge from some excellent providers," Gardner said Wednesday, while helping prepare the property in Wise for RAM equipment and tents that will house those patients.
A fast-track medical option will be available to those seeking medical care only, a new feature added to help drive down long lines.
The gathering will also feature teeth cleanings, fillings and extractions along with mouth and throat cancer screenings, hearing exams, bone density screenings, osteopathic treatments for joint discomfort, pap smears, mammograms and prescription service from the Appalachian School of Pharmacy.
This will be the second of three scheduled RAM events to take place in the Mountain Empire this year. The third is scheduled for Oct. 5-6 in Buchanan County at the Riverview Elementary and Middle School complex.
Financial contributions are still being accepted to drive down the estimated $50,000 cost of the clinic. Those who would like to give a donation can do so via the RAM website: www.ramusa.org.
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