Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Third World America

So, you think it can't happen here in America?

It already has.

Take a look at this story from NPR from Wise, Virginia. The Remote Area Medical Expedition annually sets up a field hospital on the county fair grounds to provide health services to the rural uninsured.

For the past 10 years, during late weekends in July, the fairgrounds in Wise have been transformed into a mobile and makeshift field hospital providing free care for those in need. Sanitized horse stalls become draped examination rooms. A poultry barn is fixed with optometry equipment. And a vast, open-air pavilion is crammed with dozens of portable dental chairs and lamps.

A converted 18-wheeler with a mobile X-ray room makes chest X-rays possible. Technicians grind hundreds of lenses for new eyeglasses in two massive trailers. At a concession stand, dentures are molded and sculpted.

3 comments:

Grandmère Mimi said...

I'm gratified that the story from Wise, Virginia, is getting wide coverage in the media and in Blogland. The truth must be told.

it's margaret said...

Yes. And you don't have to go to Wise. Right here in Richmond, there's a 3rd world country....

Göran Koch-Swahne said...

Svenska Dagbladet the bid conservative daily over here had a piece on this the other day.