BRADENTON, Fla. -- Hundreds of people in the Bay area received free dental, vision and medical service thanks to RAM, Remote Area Medical.
RAM is the largest provider of free mobile medical clinics delivering high-quality dental, vision and medical care to underserved and uninsured individuals, children and families.
The mobile clinic was held at Manatee Technical Institute on SR 70. This is Bradenton’s third time hosting the event.
President & Founder of RAM, Stan Brock, welcomed the first 20 patients inside MTC early Saturday morning.
Hundreds waited for hours throughout the night to receive medical treatment.
Brock said during health check-up’s many people find out they have serious medical conditions like Diabetes or Hepatitis C.
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“We try and talk as many people as possible to see the doctor since many think they don’t need too,” says Brock. “It’s a real problem access and affordability to healthcare in this county.”
Many dentist we spoke with say some patients had never had their teeth cleaned. For others, it’s been 10 years since getting work done.
The same for the eye doctor, we meet several people getting glasses for the first time and finally seeing clear.
Event organizers with RAM provided us with this information on Manatee County:
18.1% of people under age 65 lack health insurance coverage.
Poverty rates in the community also exceed the national average of 14.3%.
Many dentist, doctors and students volunteered their time to make this happen.
- Services available at the Bradenton clinic include
- dental cleanings
- dental fillings
- dental extractions
- dental x-rays
- eye exams
- eyeglass prescriptions
- free eyeglasses
- women's health exams
- general medical exams.
Veteran Bobby Brown needed dental fillings, which had been bothering him for a few weeks but had little money to get them fixed.
“A lot of people can’t afford to get them done,” says Brown. “So, when an opportunity like this comes up it’s easy to get a lot of work done, that you normally can’t.”
Brown was thankful the volunteers donated their time, not only to help those in need but many Veterans on their special day.
“Being a veteran, they’re glad we went and served our county and now they’re serving us,” says Brown.
You’re also able to register for free veterinary services like spay/neuter surgery, microchips, and basic vaccines.
The services won’t take place at the clinic but you can schedule your appointment with The Humane Society of Manatee County.
The Animal Rescue Coalition, and the Suncoast Animal Alliance also helped coordinated these free services.
RAM receives no government funding, it’s all made possible by volunteers and private donations. All services are free and no ID is required.
The event continues through Sunday at 3 p.m. Doors will open at 6 a.m.
Event organizers suggest to come early, since it’s a first-come, first-serve opportunity but they’re also expecting a larger crowd.
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