Wise, VA

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: Wise County, Virginia has a population of 38,012 residents. The median household income is $38,255. Nearly 20% of the residents of Wise County, Virginia live in poverty. Almost 12% of residents are uninsured. Per capita personal health care spending is $7,556 per year, and there are 1,986 patients for every available primary care physician and 4,904 patients to every dentist in Wise County.

Practice: The Wise County, VA RAM clinic will be held on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, June 28-30. 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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