It’s no secret that access to healthcare is a major issue for many people in this country. With nearly 50 million Americans uninsured, seeing a doctor is often out of the question for a large portion of the country. Regardless of where you stand on the issue of healthcare reform, it’s important that the poor and uninsured are not forgotten.
The volunteers at an organization called Remote Area Medical (RAM) have made this their mission “by providing free health care, dental care, eye care, veterinary services, and technical and educational assistance to people in remote areas of the United States and the world.” The charitable organization is run entirely by volunteer doctors, nurses, opticians, veterinarians, and pilots, typically setting up shop at universities or sports arenas for two to three-day stints.
As part of GE’s Focus Forward short film collection, two filmmakers observed one of RAM’s “no-cost” healthcare clinics set up in Bristol, Tennessee’s NASCAR Speedway. Over the course of three days in April, 2012, RAM volunteers treated nearly 2000 patients.
Through interviews with volunteers and patients, as well as powerful photography of the hoards of uninsured Americans seeking treatment, the short film paints a very human picture of an issue that is often discussed in terms of dollars and statistics.
A feature length version of the film is in the works. Visit the film’s Facebook page for future updates.
If you would like to volunteer with RAM, click here.