The Remote Area Medical (RAM) mobile clinic in Los Angeles concluded Monday and it is estimated the clinic provided free medical and dental care to 7,000 patients, most of whom did not have health insurance. Last year, RAM visited Los Angeles and provided free medical and dental care to 6,300 people needing care.
This year, organizers had hoped to treat 8,400 patients but realized they would fall short of that figure when it became apparent that many patients needed treatment in multiple areas and there would not be sufficient medical and dental volunteers to treat everyone.
This year’s clinic made an effort to focus on continuous care for the patients. Remote Area Medical began using electronic records this year to make sure that patients received proper follow-up care and that records weren’t lost. After patients checked out, their medical records would be emailed or faxed to a receiving agency so that they’re there ahead of the patient. The electronic records allowed organizers to correlate data, allowing them to see what kinds of treatments the patients received and who visited the clinic.
On behalf of MyHealthCafe.com, we thank Remote Area Medical and all the volunteers for donating their time and energy to help so many people during these difficult times. THANK YOU!
RAM also plans to visit Chicago from August 26-28 and Washington, D.C. later this year, as well as other smaller communities.
For more information on RAM and its schedule to provide free medical care, visit the RAM website at RAM USA.
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