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Nearly 2,000 Show Up for Free Health Care in Virginia

July 24, 2009

(AP) - Nearly 2,000 people crowded onto a southwest Virginia fairgrounds and waited hours to receive free dental care, eyeglasses and medical procedures. Several volunteers from the University of Virginia Medical Center provided care.

Stan Brock, head of the Remote Area Medical Expedition's three-day clinic in Wise County, said Friday that the daily limit of 1,600 patients was reached by 5:30 a.m. Friday.

He says another 200 people were admitted later in the morning, but several hundred more were turned away.

Brock says it's outrageous that hundreds of people must wait all
day for treatment because they can't receive health care otherwise.
He says his organization was founded to serve Third World nations,
but now devotes 64 percent of its efforts to U.S. care because the
need is so great.

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