The Health Wagon: A Telehealth Resource in a Rural Wilderness

The Health Wagon: A Telehealth Resource in a Rural Wilderness

A mobile health clinic started 30 years ago in the back of a VW Beetle is now using telehealth, mHealth and even drones to deliver healthcare to isolated communities in Appalachia. By Eric Wicklund mHealthIntelligence A mobile health service started more than 30 years ago out of the back of a Volkswagen is using telehealth,…

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Left out of health debate, Appalachian poor seek free care

Left out of health debate, Appalachian poor seek free care

WISE, Va. (AP) — They arrived at a fairground in a deep corner of Appalachia before daybreak, hundreds of people with throbbing teeth, failing eyes, wheezing lungs. They took a number, sat in the bleachers and waited in the summer heat for their name to be called so they could receive the medical help they…

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Nearly 200 Dickenson County People Get Care from RAM

Nearly 200 Dickenson County People Get Care from RAM

By Stuart Burrill thecoalfieldprogress.com The numbers are in from this past weekend’s Remote Area Medical Clinic held at the Wise County fairgrounds. Once again the generosity and need is staggering. According to RAM Virginia: • 197 people from Dickenson County zip codes sought care at this year’s event. Of those, 116 people said they live…

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As Health Care Crisis Looms, Patients Treated In Animal Stalls

As Health Care Crisis Looms, Patients Treated In Animal Stalls

By Laurel Dammann carbonated.tv Once a year, Remote Area Medical turns a county fairground into a medical haven for those who can’t afford the most basic care. For years now, Remote Area Medical has served the most impoverished areas of Southwest Virginia in an annual three-day event that should put a failing Congress to shame.…

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Politicians descend upon health event

Politicians descend upon health event

By Stuart Burrill thecoalfieldprogress.com WISE — Amid the backdrop of a revived national debate on health care, this year’s Remote Area Medical expedition drew even more politicians and news media than usual. Many of Virginia’s leading Democrats stopped by over the 3-day event including U.S. senator and former vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine, Gov. Terry…

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RAM provides care to more than 2,100

RAM provides care to more than 2,100

By Stuart Burrill thecoalfieldprogress.com WISE — In stifling heat and humidity, some people slept in their cars, many having arrived a day before the gates opened, hoping to get the medical, dental and vision help they needed. It was time Friday morning for thousands of people to descend on a cluster of buildings and fields…

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Remote Area Medical founder: Donald Trump should be here

Remote Area Medical founder: Donald Trump should be here

By Carmen Forman The Roanoke Times WISE COUNTY — Tammy Duncan sported a toothless grin as she slid out of the dental chair minutes after an oral surgeon cut away portions of her jaw. Numbing agents mitigated what could have been an immensely painful experience, but finally receiving direly needed dental care — in her…

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When Health Law Isn’t Enough, the Desperate Line Up at Tents

When Health Law Isn’t Enough, the Desperate Line Up at Tents

By Trip Gabriel nytimes.com WISE, Va. — Anthony Marino, 54, reached into his car trunk to show a pair of needle-nosed pliers like the ones he used to yank out a rotting tooth. Shirley Akers, 58, clutched a list of 20 medications she takes, before settling down to a sleepless night in the cab of…

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‘Heartbreaking’ need: Thousands attend free health clinic in Wise

‘Heartbreaking’ need: Thousands attend free health clinic in Wise

By Reece Ristau bristolhearoldcourier.com WISE, Va. – Fanice Bowman waited nearly a decade for a new set of teeth. After just an hour of dental work Friday at the Remote Area Medical clinic at the Wise County Fairgrounds, Bowman, who said she is retired and disabled, showed off her pearly white dentures, for which she…

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Thousands attend Wise County RAM clinic

Thousands attend Wise County RAM clinic

By Olivia Bailey wcyb.com WISE COUNTY, Va. – Despite limited availability and other challenges, thousands of southwest Virginians now rely on getting routine medical care at RAM clinics. RAM stands for Remote Area Medical cinics. The latest RAM clinic started Friday and runs through the weekend at the Wise County fairgrounds. Rosa Hancock is back…

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