Paonia, CO

Partner: Remote Area Medical
Specialties Needed: Dental professionals; vision professionals; medical specialties including pulmonology, cardiology, podiatry, endocrinology, dermatology; registered nurses, and general physicians
Cost: Providers are responsible for all costs associated with the trip including: Airfare, Ground Transportation, and Lodging. Breakfast and lunch will be provided at the clinic.
Estimated Airfare Cost: $400-$800
Type of Accommodation: Providers are responsible for procuring their own hotels.

About RAM: Remote Area Medical (RAM) is a major non-profit organization that operates mobile clinics delivering free, high-quality, dental, vision, and medical services to underserved and uninsured individuals who do not have access to or cannot afford a doctor. RAM’s Corps of more than 135,000 Humanitarian Volunteers is comprised of licensed dental, vision, and medical professionals who have treated more than 785,000 women, men, and children delivering $135 million worth of free health care services. Last year, RAM held clinics in Tennessee, Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, New Mexico, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, Haiti, and the Philippines.

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: Paonia, Colorado is in rural western Colorado and has a population of 1,365 residents. The median household income is $37,330. Fourteen percent of the residents of Paonia live in poverty and 15.3% have no health insurance. There is one primary physician for every 1,243 patients and one dentist for every 1,291 patients.

Practice: The Paonia, CO RAM clinic will be held on Saturday and Sunday, August 3-4. 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 and are usually finished volunteering between 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. Volunteers are asked to volunteer for the entire day.

 

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