Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Remote Area Medical: L.A. Story.

I blogged about Remote Area Medical last summer.
Today, a big
L.A. story was the funeral for divisive former LAPD Chief Daryl Gates, dreamily eulogized with even more revisionist history than death usually spawns.
I choose to salute some real heroes instead.

From the
Daily Breeze:

Caught off guard by the huge response to a health clinic in Inglewood last August, organizers of a similar event in Los Angeles this week have rallied hundreds of health workers to provide care for the uninsured.
Several South Bay dentists, doctors and others plan to volunteer at the Los Angeles Sports Arena, where as many as 8,000 patients are expected to receive treatment through May 3.
"Whatever they ask us to do, we'll do," said Dr. Jeff Goodman, a Rolling Hills Estates dentist who will volunteer Friday at the clinic. "Our focus will be getting people out of pain."
Three dentists, two dental hygienists and an assistant from Goodman's office, Rolling Hills Dental Group, will be at the event Friday - normally their day off, he said. An assistant, Leilani Marriott, volunteered at The Forum in August, and was struck by the need, Goodman said.
Hundreds of patients waited days, even camping out overnight, in hopes of receiving free medical care at the Inglewood clinic. The turnout served as a powerful visual picture of the need for health care in Los Angeles County, said officials with Remote Area Medical, which organized both events.
Nearly 2 million Californians lost their health insurance in 2008 and 2009, bringing the total number of uninsured residents statewide to 8 million, according to figures from the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research.

More here from the L.A. Times.

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