L.A. to offer free health care for one week April 27-May 3

On April 27 – May 3, 2010, Remote Area Medical (RAM) will provide free medical, dental and vision care to thousands of individuals in the LosAngeles area. The free clinic will be held at Los Angeles Sports Arena, 3939 North Figueroa Street near USC.

1,200 people a day will be treated—possibly more depending on the final number of volunteers and participating organizations. The event is planned and operated by Remote Area Medical, a Volunteer 501(c)(3) charity providing free care to uninsured, underinsured, and indigent Individuals throughout the United States.

Free care will be provided to anyone needing it, without cost of any kind to the patient, taxpayer or government. There is no income test, no insurance requirement, and no restriction of any kind. Medical and non-medical personnel will all be volunteers; supplies and equipment will be donated or provided by RAM.

There will be at least 100 dental stations, 45 medical exam rooms, 25 eye exam stations. Dentistry will include cleanings, extractions, fillings, restorative procedures and root canals.

Prescription eye glasses will be ground and fitted on-site. Minor dermatological and other medical procedures will be performed.

Pediatricians and pediatric dentists will be present. Follow-up care will be arranged for those who need it, with most referrals to private sector practices and facilities.

There will be a strong emphasis on education, prevention and self-care. Mammography, pap smears, chest x-rays, and diabetes screening, blood pressure screening, and other services will be provided. Healthcare foundations and agencies will also distribute patient education materials.

RAM/LA is a large undertaking, on a scale to make a significant difference in this time of great and urgent need.

Success is achieved through medical and non-medical volunteers, local healthcare organizations, equipment and supply donors, and others who contribute their time, talents and resources.