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.
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.
Posted by Counterlight at Wednesday, July 29, 2009