Broken System: Remote Area Medical Tackles Health Care Gap the U.S.

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WISE, VIRGINIA-JULY 25: People wait in the early hours of the morning for entrance to the Virginia-Kentucky Fairgrounds for free medical care provided by the Remote Area Medical (RAM) Expedition in the heart of the Appalachian mountains when the gates open at dawn July 25, 2009. Many slept overnight in their cars, trucks, RVs or in tents. The two and half-day event provided health care for 2,715 people, uninsured or underinsured with unaffordable co-pays or high deductibles for their insurance policies. An army of seventeen hundred volunteers including individual doctors, nurses, members of the UVa medical and nursing schools, and the Lions Club helped organized the event and provide services. Organizers estimate that they provided over $1.6 million USD worth of care.