Date: July 11 & 12, 2020
Partner: Remote Area Medical
Program Cost: $720
Estimated Economy Airfare: $359
Practice: Volunteer licensed practitioners will treat patients on a first-come, first-served basis. Volunteers are asked to arrive at the clinic between 5:15 and 5:30 a.m. each morning they plan to volunteer, and are usually finished volunteering between 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. Volunteers may volunteer one day, two days, or all three days; however, volunteers are asked to volunteer for the entire day.
About RAM: Remote Area Medical (RAM®) is a major nonprofit organization that operates pop-up clinics delivering free, quality, dental, vision, and medical services to underserved and uninsured individuals who do not have access to or cannot afford a doctor. Since RAM was founded in 1985, more than 155,000 volunteers — comprised of licensed dental, vision, and medical professionals, as well as general support staff — have treated more than 835,000 individuals delivering more than $150 million worth of free healthcare services. Last year, RAM held clinics in Tennessee, California, Colorado, Florida, Kentucky, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, New Mexico, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, Guyana, Haiti, the Philippines, and The Bahamas.
About the country: The United States of America is home to 326 million citizens who reside in 50 states and 5 territories. The median household income of is $60,336. Thirteen percent of U.S residents live in poverty. Nearly nine percent (24 million residents) are uninsured. The United States spends 17.9 percent of its gross domestic product on health care spending, more than any nation in the world. An average of $10,739 is spent by the U.S. government per person. There is no uniform health care system, which results in uneven coverage throughout the county and among different socioeconomic groups. In addition to the 24 million people who lack health insurance, many Americans are underinsured due to high premiums and deductions. Heath care premiums have risen an average of five percent per year for the last 10 years. Health care deductibles rose 67 percent between 2010 and 2015, outpacing inflation and workers’ wages. High deductibles, high premiums, and lack of health care coverage has resulted in medical bills being cited as the single largest cause of consumer bankruptcy.
About the clinic site: Columbia, located in middle Tennessee, is the county seat of Maury County, and is included in the Nashville metropolitan area. Individuals living in Maury County have a median household income of $54,249, well below the national average. More than fifteen percent of residents are living and poverty, and 12% have no health insurance.