Posted by: Joe Eds | April 26, 2010

The Help Gap

LA Times story today:

Nearly 5,600 people lined up outside the Los Angeles Sports Arena on Sunday, many camping out in the cold on the sidewalk overnight, to claim wristbands and a chance for free dental and medical treatment at a massive health clinic this week.

“It’s kind of hard to ignore,” said organizer Don Manelli. “Somebody waits all night outside to see a dentist — that tells you something.”

The seven-day clinic, which starts Tuesday, will include vision exams, mammograms and diabetes screening, among other services. A team of more than 300 volunteer doctors, dentists and other medical professionals each day will see patients from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Large gap between those who have health insurance and can afford care and those who can’t. The story interviews some who waited in line who have health insurance, but can’t afford a non-check up procedure (like a tooth extraction). In the next few days we will release our latest podcast where we interview a man who runs a non-profit health insurance clinic in Los Angeles, and his stories of patients are startling to say the least.

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