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Thousands Expected for Once-A-Year-Chance to See a Doctor in VA

July 20, 2007

It's a medical project identical to ones staged in third world countries. Volunteer doctors, dentists, and ophthalmologists set up for the weekend to treat people who can't afford, or can't get to, health care - only this clinic is right here in Virginia. Karen Wilson with the Remote Area Medical Foundation says the clinic in Wise will treat thousands of people who will wait in line in for hours.

"Typically, there are anywhere from five to seven hundred people in line at daybreak. All through the night as they arrive, we will be handing out numbers."

Wilson comments this once-a-year-chance for medical care draws people from all over the region, including Kentucky, Ohio, and Tennessee. She explains they set up in Wise because the region has a shortage of doctors and a high rate of people who make too much to quality for Medicaid insurance and not enough to pay for coverage on their own.

Angie Sproles, with the Rural Areas Development Association in Gate City, says the need for the clinic is another example of how broken the U.S. health care system is.

"It's a shame that in a country as rich as ours that there is such denial of services to people."

A new poll of registered voters shows about 75 percent say the health care system needs major changes and/or a complete overhaul. The survey is at

Deborah Smith/Eric Mack, Public News Service - VA